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The Montgomery Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Montgomery Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Montgomery surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Montgomery genealogy.

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I. The Montgomery Family Tree

Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Montgomery family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Montgomery brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Montgomery Ancestors

II. Montgomery Genealogy

Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Montgomery ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Montgomery births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Montgomery

Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently count of matching Montgomery records matching Montgomery records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Montgomery family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

III. Origins of the Montgomery Surname

It is quite possible for two people with the Montgomery last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Montgomery ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Montgomery 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.

IV. Montgomery DNA Projects

DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Montgomery 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 Montgomery research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".

V. Montgomery Family History

There is more to exploring your Montgomery 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 is the book on my Montgomery family? is always useful.

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with Montgomery 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 Montgomery 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 Montgomery ancestors.

VII. Montgomery Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Montgomery was the 211th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Montgomery Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Montgomery, 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."

RootsWeb search of US Naturalization Records
RootsWeb search of Obituary Daily Times
RootsWeb search of Social Security Death Index

To have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.

IX. Upcoming Montgomery Family Reunions

Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Montgomery 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 Montgomery reunion.

 

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