Welcome to the Martin 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 Martin 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 Martin ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Martin Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Martin family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Martin brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Martin Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Martin 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 Martin research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Martin
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Martin records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Martin family history resource today.
Origins of the Martin 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 Martin surname. Were you aware that Martin is a common French surname? The article "Finding French - cherchez la famille" 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.
Martin DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Martin relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Martin research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Martin 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 Martin 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 "Our Ancestors Paid Taxes" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Martin family history.
Networking with Martin 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Martin 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 Martin ancestors.
Martin Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Martin was the 16th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Martin Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Martin, 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."
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Upcoming Martin Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Martin 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Martin reunion.