Welcome to the Murphy 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 Murphy 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 Murphy ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Murphy Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Murphy family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Murphy brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Murphy Ancestors
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Murphy ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Digital Books and Microfilm" can help accelerate your Murphy research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Murphy
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Murphy records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Murphy family history resource today.
Origins of the Murphy Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Murphy surname. Were you aware that Murphy is a common Irish surname? The article "The Luck of the Irish Research" 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.
Murphy DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Murphy 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 Murphy research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
Murphy 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 Murphy 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 "Researching Criminal Records" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Murphy family history.
Networking with Murphy 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Murphy 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 Murphy ancestors.
Murphy Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Murphy was the 59th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Murphy Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Murphy, 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 MURPHY Clippings and Mentions
Upcoming Murphy Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Murphy 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 Murphy reunion.