Welcome to the Mendez 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 Mendez 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 Mendez ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Mendez Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Mendez family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Mendez brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Mendez Ancestors
Patronymics is the practice of naming children using the given name of the father, grandfather, or other male ancestor followed by a suffix. In the case of Mendez, it is possible that one of your Hispanic ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Mendo." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Keep an open mind when searching through Mendez 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 Mendez research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Mendez
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Mendez records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Mendez family history resource today.
Origins of the Mendez Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Mendez last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Mendez ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Mendez 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.
Mendez DNA Projects
Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your Mendez family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Mendez research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
Mendez Family History
There is more to exploring your Mendez 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 Mendez ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Mendez 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 Mendez 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 Mendez ancestors.
Mendez Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Mendez was the 303rd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Mendez Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Mendez, 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."
To recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.
Upcoming Mendez Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Mendez 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 Mendez reunion.