Welcome to the Obrien 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 Obrien 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 Obrien ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Obrien Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Obrien family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Obrien brick wall? Read "Know Where to Begin Your Genealogical Search" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Obrien Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Obrien 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 Obrien ancestors born in the twentieth century?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Obrien
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Obrien records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Obrien family history resource today.
Origins of the Obrien 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 Obrien surname. Were you aware that Obrien 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.
Obrien DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Obrien 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 Obrien research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
Obrien Family History
There is more to exploring your Obrien 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 can I find a biography of my Obrien ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Obrien 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 Obrien 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 Obrien ancestors.
Obrien Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Obrien was the 281st most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Obrien Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Obrien, 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 Obrien Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Obrien 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 Obrien reunion.