Welcome to the Linear 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 Linear 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 Linear ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Linear Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Linear family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Linear brick wall? Read "Efficient and Effective Research Tips" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Linear Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Linear ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Linear ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Linear
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Linear records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Linear family history resource today.
Origins of the Linear Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Linear last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Linear 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.
Linear 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 Linear 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 Linear research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Linear Family History
There is more to exploring your Linear 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 Linear documents? is always useful.
Networking with Linear 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 Linear 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 Linear ancestors.
Linear Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Linear was the 31625th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Linear Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Linear, 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 Linear 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 "Linear 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 Linear reunion.