Welcome to the Grifin 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 Grifin 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 Grifin ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Grifin Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Grifin 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 Grifin family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Grifin 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 Grifin ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Grifin my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Grifin
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 Grifin records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Grifin family history resource today.
Origins of the Grifin Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Grifin last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Grifin ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Grifin DNA Projects
Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your Grifin family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Grifin research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Grifin Family History
For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Grifin ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Our Ancestors Paid Taxes" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Grifin family history.
Networking with Grifin 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Grifin 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 Grifin ancestors.
Grifin Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Grifin was the 84335th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Grifin Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Grifin, 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.
Upcoming Grifin 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 "Grifin 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Grifin reunion.