Welcome to the Indian 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 Indian 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 Indian ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Indian Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Indian family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Indian brick wall? Read "Fast-Paced Genealogy Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Indian Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Indian ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know What is the first census year to identify the informant in every Indian household?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Indian
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Indian records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Indian family history resource today.
Origins of the Indian Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Indian ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Indian DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Indian 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 Indian research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
Indian Family History
There is more to exploring your Indian 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 How can I decipher the handwriting in old Indian documents? is always useful.
Networking with Indian Researchers
One of the best ways to solve a genealogy problem is by enlisting the help of others through a message board query that is open to the public, allowing you to cast a wide net that can be accessed by anyone, around the world and around the clock --- at the same time, because it is a public forum, you will want to exercise caution in posting personal information or information about living persons. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Indian 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 Indian ancestors.
Indian Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Indian Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Indian, 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 Indian Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Indian family members; you may want to consider a roundtable where you can gather different groups together at different times such as siblings to discuss their parents and childhood memories, cousins, aunts and uncles to discuss the grandparent generation, etc. - the collective memory and stimulus of shared experience can yield considerable information. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Indian reunion.