Welcome to the Harrington Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Harrington surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Harrington genealogy.
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I. The Harrington Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Harrington family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Harrington brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
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II. Harrington Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Harrington 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 Harrington research?, then read this frequently asked question.
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Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Harrington records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Harrington family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Harrington 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 Harrington surname. Were you aware that Harrington 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.
IV. Harrington DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Harrington 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 Harrington research, read "When do you use DNA?".
V. Harrington 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 Harrington 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 Harrington family history.
VI. Networking with Harrington 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 Harrington 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 Harrington ancestors.
VII. Harrington Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Harrington was the 478th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Harrington Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Harrington, 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 have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.
IX. Upcoming Harrington 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 "Harrington 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 Harrington reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Harrington genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 17/Jun/2013.
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