Welcome to the Melton 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 Melton 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 Melton ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Melton Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Melton family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Melton brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Melton Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Melton 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 Melton research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Melton
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Melton records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Melton family history resource today.
Origins of the Melton Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Melton last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Melton ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Melton 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.
Melton DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Melton 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 Melton research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Melton 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 Melton 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 Melton family history.
Networking with Melton 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 Melton 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 Melton ancestors.
Melton Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Melton was the 557th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Melton Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Melton, 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 Melton Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Melton 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 Melton reunion.