Welcome to the Railroad 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 Railroad 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 Railroad ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Railroad Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Railroad family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Railroad brick wall? Read "Searching For A Needle In An Ancestral Haystack" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Railroad Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Railroad 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 Railroad research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Railroad
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Railroad records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Railroad family history resource today.
Origins of the Railroad Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Railroad last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Railroad ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Railroad DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Railroad 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 Railroad research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Railroad Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Railroad 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 "Using Social History To Fill In The Gaps In Family Histories" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Railroad family history.
Networking with Railroad Researchers
When you've come up against a brick wall in your genealogy research, posting a message board query can help; one of the biggest benefits is that message board queries are accessed through search engines, which means even someone not specifically engaged in genealogy but interested in your subject may find your query and bring valuable new information to the table -- it happens! The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Railroad 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 Railroad ancestors.
Railroad Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Railroad Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Railroad, 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."
Upcoming Railroad 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 Railroad 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Railroad reunion.