Welcome to the Mills 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 Mills 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 Mills ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Mills Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Mills family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Mills brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Mills Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Mills ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Mills ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Mills
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Mills records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Mills family history resource today.
Origins of the Mills Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Mills last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Mills ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Mills is a common Quaker surname? The article "Tracing Quaker Ancestors" 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.
Mills DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Mills 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 Mills research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Mills Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Mills ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Faddish First Names" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Mills family history.
Networking with Mills 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 Mills 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 Mills ancestors.
Mills Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Mills was the 152nd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Mills Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Mills, 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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Recently Discovered MILLS Clippings and Mentions
Upcoming Mills Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Mills 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 Mills reunion.