Welcome to the Latin 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 Latin 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 Latin ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Latin Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Latin family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Latin brick wall? Read "Efficient and Effective Research Tips" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Latin Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Latin 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 Latin research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Latin
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Latin records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Latin family history resource today.
Origins of the Latin 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 Latin surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Latin DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Latin 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 Latin research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
Latin 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 Latin 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 "The Role Of History In Genealogical Research" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Latin family history.
Networking with Latin 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Latin 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 Latin ancestors.
Latin Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Latin was the 31651st most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Latin Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Latin, 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 Latin 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 "Latin 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Latin reunion.