Welcome to the Robinson 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 Robinson 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 Robinson ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Robinson Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Robinson family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Robinson brick wall? Read "Searching For A Needle In An Ancestral Haystack" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Robinson Ancestors
Patronymics is the practice of naming children using the given name (sometimes in a contracted form) of the father, grandfather, or other male ancestor followed by a suffix. In the case of Robinson, it is possible that one of your English ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Robert." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Robinson ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Robinson births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Robinson
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Robinson records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Robinson family history resource today.
Origins of the Robinson Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Robinson ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Robinson is a common Irish surname? The article "The Luck of the Irish Research" 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.
Robinson DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Robinson 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 Robinson research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
Robinson 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 Robinson 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 "The Role Of History In Genealogical Research" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Robinson family history.
Networking with Robinson 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Robinson 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 Robinson ancestors.
Robinson Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Robinson was the 20th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Robinson Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Robinson, 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 Robinson 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 Robinson 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Robinson reunion.