Welcome to the Patton 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 Patton 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 Patton genealogy.
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I. The Patton Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Patton family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Patton brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
II. Patton Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Patton 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 Patton research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Patton records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Patton family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Patton 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 Patton surname. Were you aware that Patton 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. Patton DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Patton 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 Patton research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Patton 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 Patton 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 "Learning About Women - The Invisible Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Patton family history.
VI. Networking with Patton Researchers
When digging deeper into your ancestor's occupation, a great way to connect with others of a similar interest -- many who might have detailed information, is by posting a message board query giving clear information as to your ancestor's name and the specific occupation or organization, in time and place. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Patton 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 Patton ancestors.
VII. Patton Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Patton was the 382nd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Patton Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Patton, 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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IX. Upcoming Patton Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Patton 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Patton reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Patton genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 18/May/2013.
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