Welcome to the King 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 King 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 King ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The King Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the King family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a King brick wall? Read "Genealogical Research Habits" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering King Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding King ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my King ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for King
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching King records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online King family history resource today.
Origins of the King Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the King last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your King ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that King is a common Irish surname? The article "The Luck of the Irish Research" 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.
King DNA Projects
Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your King family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for King research?, then this FAQ may help.
King Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your King ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my King family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with King Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your King surname, posting a message query can help you connect with distant cousins and others who may be working on the same lines, some of whom may have advanced the research or solved some of the hard problems, but are willing to share. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful King 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 King ancestors.
King Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that King was the 30th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with King Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of King, 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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Recently Discovered KING Clippings and Mentions
Upcoming King Family Reunions
One key to a successful King reunion is preparation, and for the family researcher that means getting the word out in advance on what to bring (such as the family photo collection); arranging for the display of shared information; and planning activities conducive to sharing; and one of the best ways to get others to participate is in bringing something of your own to share such a picture pedigree, compiled family history or biographical sketch, or even a copies of a treasured photo as a gift for each family -- you may even want to consider putting together a reunion newsletter in advance to be distributed at the reunion, asking for help in solving one or more specific family mysteries: you never know who might have insight they are willing to share, one-on-one. The article "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful King reunion.