Welcome to the Madden surname checklist page.

The Madden Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Madden Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Madden surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Madden genealogy.

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I. The Madden Family Tree

Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Madden family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Madden brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Madden Ancestors

II. Madden Genealogy

Keep an open mind when searching through Madden 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 Madden research?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Madden

Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently count of matching Madden records matching Madden records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Madden family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

III. Origins of the Madden Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Madden ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Madden is considered a very common surname, which offers its own set of challenges? The article "Researching Common Names" 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.

IV. Madden 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 Madden 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 Madden research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".

V. Madden Family History

There is more to exploring your Madden 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 Where can I find a biography of my Madden ancestor? is always useful.

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with Madden Researchers

If you are doing genealogy research in a particular town or region distant from where you live, you may want to consider posting a message board query requesting a lookup; often local volunteers or residents are willing to lend a hand, but remember to be specific in your request and be respectful of others' time. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Madden 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 Madden ancestors.

VII. Madden Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Madden was the 943rd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Madden Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Madden, 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."

RootsWeb search of US Naturalization Records
RootsWeb search of Obituary Daily Times
RootsWeb search of Social Security Death Index

To have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.

IX. Upcoming Madden Family Reunions

Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Madden family history, which provides opportunities to share stories and visit cemeteries or old home sites; you may even want to consider as a one-day activity, having each family take on the task of gathering information from the local courthouse, school district, public library, etc. -- this, of course, requires advance planning and assignment, but could generate considerable interest and results. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Madden reunion.

 

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Surname Finder, Madden Surname Checklist [on-line resource], New Providence, NJ, USA: Genealogy Today LLC, 1998-2014.

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