The Preston Genealogy and Family Tree Page

Welcome to the Preston 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 Preston 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 Preston ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!

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The Preston Family Tree

It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Preston family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Preston brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Preston Ancestors

Preston Genealogy

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 Preston ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Preston my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Preston

Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently count of matching Preston records matching Preston records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Preston family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Preston Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Preston ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Preston 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.

Preston DNA Projects

DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Preston 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 are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Preston research?, then this FAQ may help.

Preston Family History

Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Preston ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Traditions, Traditions, Traditions" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Preston family history.

Photo Collections

Networking with Preston 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Preston 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 Preston ancestors.

Preston Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Preston was the 639th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

Web Sites & Blogs with Preston Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Preston, 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 PRESTON Clippings and Mentions

Upcoming Preston Family Reunions

Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Preston 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Preston reunion.

See Also

Breston   Presto   Reston  

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