Welcome to the Ming 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 Ming 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 Ming ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Ming Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Ming family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Ming brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Ming Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Ming ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Ming ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Ming
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Ming records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Ming family history resource today.
Origins of the Ming Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Ming last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Ming 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.
Ming 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 Ming family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Ming research?, then this FAQ may help.
Ming Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Ming ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my Ming family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Ming 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 Ming 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 Ming ancestors.
Ming Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Ming was the 10187th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Ming Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ming, 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 Ming Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Ming 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 Ming reunion.