Welcome to the Harrelson 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 Harrelson 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 Harrelson ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Harrelson Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Harrelson family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Harrelson brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Harrelson Ancestors
Patronymics is the practice of naming children using the given name of the father, grandfather, or other male ancestor followed by a suffix. In the case of Harrelson, it is possible that one of your English ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Harrel." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Keep an open mind when searching through Harrelson records. Years ago many people were unable to read and write, thus a given ancestor's name could be spelled in a variety of ways depending on who recorded it. If you want to know How can city directories be used to help my Harrelson research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Harrelson
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Harrelson records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Harrelson family history resource today.
Origins of the Harrelson Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Harrelson surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Harrelson DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Harrelson relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Harrelson research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Harrelson Family History
There is more to exploring your Harrelson ancestry than just gathering a bunch of names and dates. Understanding where your ancestors lived, how they were employed, and what they did for fun, may give you a better appreciation of your heritage. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing Where can I find a biography of my Harrelson ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Harrelson Researchers
When digging deeper into your ancestor's occupation, a great way to connect with others of a similar interest -- many who might have detailed information, is by posting a message board query giving clear information as to your ancestor's name and the specific occupation or organization, in time and place. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Harrelson 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 Harrelson ancestors.
Harrelson Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Harrelson was the 5002nd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Harrelson Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Harrelson, 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."
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Upcoming Harrelson 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 "Harrelson 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Harrelson reunion.