Welcome to the Melnikas 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 Melnikas 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 Melnikas ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Melnikas Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Melnikas family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Melnikas brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Melnikas Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Melnikas 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 Melnikas research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Melnikas
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Melnikas records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Melnikas family history resource today.
Origins of the Melnikas Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Melnikas last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Melnikas 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.
Melnikas DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Melnikas 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 Melnikas research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Melnikas 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 Melnikas 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 Melnikas family history.
Networking with Melnikas 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 Melnikas 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 Melnikas ancestors.
Melnikas Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Melnikas Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Melnikas, 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 Melnikas Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Melnikas 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 Melnikas reunion.