Welcome to the Luthran 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 Luthran 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 Luthran ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Luthran Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Luthran family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Luthran brick wall? Read "Efficient and Effective Research Tips" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Luthran Ancestors
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Luthran ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Digital Books and Microfilm" can help accelerate your Luthran research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Luthran
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Luthran records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Luthran family history resource today.
Origins of the Luthran 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 Luthran surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Luthran DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Luthran 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 Luthran research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Luthran Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Luthran ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Using Social History To Fill In The Gaps In Family Histories" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Luthran family history.
Networking with Luthran 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 Luthran 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 Luthran ancestors.
Luthran Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Luthran Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Luthran, 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."
Upcoming Luthran 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 "Luthran 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 Luthran reunion.