Welcome to the Nathan 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 Nathan 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 Nathan genealogy.
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I. The Nathan Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Nathan family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Nathan brick wall? Read "The 12 Essential Skills for Family Genealogists" for some helpful advice.
II. Nathan Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Nathan 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 city directories be used to help my Nathan research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Nathan records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Nathan family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Nathan 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 Nathan surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Nathan DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Nathan 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 Nathan research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Nathan Family History
There is more to exploring your Nathan 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 How can I decipher the handwriting in old Nathan documents? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Nathan Researchers
As genealogy researchers, we are eternally grateful to come upon information shared by others that enlightens our research; and we can reciprocate by paying it forward in responding to message board queries and sharing our own information that others in down the road or in future generations may benefit. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Nathan 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 Nathan ancestors.
VII. Nathan Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Nathan was the 4569th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Nathan Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Nathan, 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 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 Nathan Family Reunions
Notifying everyone in advance to bring old photos and documents can bring big rewards, making a special place at the reunion (maybe even a special Nathan booth) where people can come at their leisure to sit, look and chat; in addition to information and clues that might be written on the back of a photo, every photograph has a story and serves as an excellent stimulus to recall -- people might comment not only on the people in the photo, but also on what's in the background, or they might have information around where the photo was taken or the event -- just be sure to have someone there to capture new information. The article "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Nathan reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Nathan genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 22/May/2013.
If you host the Nathan blog or web page, please link to this surname-focused resource. Here's the HTML code for a basic link. Simply cut/paste this code on to your page.