Welcome to the Randolph 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 Randolph 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 Randolph ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Randolph Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Randolph family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Randolph brick wall? Read "Searching For A Needle In An Ancestral Haystack" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Randolph Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Randolph 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 Randolph research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Randolph
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Randolph records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Randolph family history resource today.
Origins of the Randolph Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Randolph last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Randolph ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Randolph 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.
Randolph DNA Projects
Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your Randolph family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Randolph research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
Randolph 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 Randolph 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 Randolph family history.
Networking with Randolph 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 Randolph 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 Randolph ancestors.
Randolph Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Randolph was the 669th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Randolph Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Randolph, 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 Randolph 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 Randolph 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Randolph reunion.