Welcome to the Melmen 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 Melmen 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 Melmen ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Melmen Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Melmen family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Melmen brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Melmen Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Melmen 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 I locate old newspapers for Melmen research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Melmen
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Melmen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Melmen family history resource today.
Origins of the Melmen Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Melmen last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Melmen 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.
Melmen DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Melmen 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 are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Melmen research?, then this FAQ may help.
Melmen Family History
There is more to exploring your Melmen 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 Melmen ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Melmen 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Melmen 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 Melmen ancestors.
Melmen Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Melmen Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Melmen, 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 Melmen Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Melmen 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Melmen reunion.