Welcome to the Melson 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 Melson 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 Melson ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Melson Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Melson family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Melson brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Melson Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Melson 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 Melson research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Melson
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Melson records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Melson family history resource today.
Origins of the Melson Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Melson last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Melson 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.
Melson DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Melson 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 are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Melson research?, then this FAQ may help.
Melson 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 Melson 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 "Learning About Women - The Invisible Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Melson family history.
Networking with Melson 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 Melson 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 Melson ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with Melson Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Melson, 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 Melson Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Melson 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 Melson reunion.