Welcome to the Heller 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 Heller 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 Heller ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Heller Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Heller family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Heller brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Heller Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Heller 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 I locate old newspapers for Heller research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Heller
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Heller records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Heller family history resource today.
Origins of the Heller Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Heller last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Heller ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Heller is a common Jewish surname? The article "The Origins of Jewish Surnames" 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.
Heller DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Heller 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 Heller research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Heller Family History
There is more to exploring your Heller 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 Heller ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Heller 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Heller 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 Heller ancestors.
Heller Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Heller was the 1445th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Heller Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Heller, 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 Heller 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 "Heller 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 Heller reunion.