Welcome to the Lancaston 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 Lancaston 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 Lancaston ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Lancaston Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Lancaston family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Lancaston brick wall? Read "Efficient and Effective Research Tips" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Lancaston Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Lancaston 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 Lancaston research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Lancaston
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Lancaston records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Lancaston family history resource today.
Origins of the Lancaston Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Lancaston last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Lancaston ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Lancaston 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 Lancaston family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Lancaston research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
Lancaston Family History
There is more to exploring your Lancaston 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 Lancaston documents? is always useful.
Networking with Lancaston Researchers
When it comes families and genealogy research, it's important to remember that different people may have different information: some may even have inherited one-of-a-kind family documents or photos, and the best way to connect with these family members is by posting a message board query -- often in the process of collaboration, you can build a more complete picture of your ancestor or ancestral family. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Lancaston 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 Lancaston ancestors.
Lancaston Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Lancaston Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Lancaston, 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 Lancaston 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 "Lancaston 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 Lancaston reunion.