Welcome to the O'Brin 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 O'Brin 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 O'Brin ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The O'Brin Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the O'Brin family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a O'Brin brick wall? Read "Know Where to Begin Your Genealogical Search" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering O'Brin Ancestors
Patronymics is the practice of naming children using the given name of the father, grandfather, or other male ancestor preceeded by a prefix. In the case of O'Brin, it is possible that one of your Gaelic/Irish ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Brin." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Keep an open mind when searching through O'Brin 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 I find information on O'Brin ancestors born in the twentieth century?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for O'Brin
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching O'Brin records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online O'Brin family history resource today.
Origins of the O'Brin 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 O'Brin surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
O'Brin DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two O'Brin 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 O'Brin research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
O'Brin 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 O'Brin 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 "The Role Of History In Genealogical Research" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your O'Brin family history.
Networking with O'Brin Researchers
In the course of genealogy research, collaboration is key -- we really cannot do it alone, and one of the great benefits of participating in community message boards is building relationships that not only enlightens our research but strengthens bonds across the miles. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful O'Brin 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 O'Brin ancestors.
O'Brin Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with O'Brin Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of O'Brin, 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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Upcoming O'Brin Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong O'Brin 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 O'Brin reunion.