Welcome to the Harris 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 Harris 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 Harris ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Harris Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Harris family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Harris brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Harris Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Harris 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 Harris research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Harris
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Harris records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Harris family history resource today.
Origins of the Harris 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 Harris surname. Were you aware that Harris 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.
Harris DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Harris 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 Harris research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Harris 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 Harris 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 Harris family history.
Networking with Harris 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 Harris 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 Harris ancestors.
Harris Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Harris was the 15th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Harris Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Harris, 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 Harris 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 "Harris 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 Harris reunion.