Welcome to the Grant Family page at Surname Finder, a service of Genealogy Today. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Grant surname. As additional sources for vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Grant ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Grant Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Grant family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, Where do I go to find birth, marriage, and death records for Grant family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Grant Ancestors
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Grant ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Grant my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Grant
Vital records are essential for family history research because they were typically created at or near the time of the event, making the record more reliable. There are currently matching Grant records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Grant family history resource today.
Origins of the Grant Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Grant ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Grant is considered a very common surname, which offers its own set of challenges? The article "Researching Common Names" may be helpful for your research. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Grant DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Grant ancestors were related, it can easily prove if they weren't. Be sure you understand what types of research issues each different DNA test can address before you spend any money. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Grant research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Grant Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Grant ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Traditions, Traditions, Traditions" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Grant family history.
Networking with Grant Researchers
In the course of genealogy research, collaboration is key -- we really cannot do it alone, and one of the great benefits of participating in community message boards is building relationships that not only enlightens our research but strengthens bonds across the miles. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Grant queries.
You may also want to consider posting a query to the Community Message Boards at Genealogy Today to get assistance from other researchers on your most elusive Grant ancestors.
Grant Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Grant was the 154th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Grant Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Grant, contact the folks at ProGenealogists for a free research estimate. You may also find it helpful to read, "When, Why and How to Hire a Professional Genealogist."
To recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.
Recently Discovered GRANT Clippings and Mentions
Upcoming Grant Family Reunions
Pedigree charts and family group records are important genealogical tools, so bringing or creating on site a big family pedigree (or family tree) is sure to draw attention; at the same time, have plenty of blank family group sheets available for individual families to complete and submit to go into a "Grant family record book," which you can then digitize and share -- you can then bring the physical book back to the next reunion, adding new families each time. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Grant reunion.