Welcome to the Rusell 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 Rusell 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 Rusell ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Rusell Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Rusell family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Rusell brick wall? Read "Searching For A Needle In An Ancestral Haystack" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Rusell Ancestors
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 Rusell ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Digital Books and Microfilm" can help accelerate your Rusell research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Rusell
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Rusell records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Rusell family history resource today.
Origins of the Rusell 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 Rusell surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Rusell 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 Rusell 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 Rusell research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Rusell 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 Rusell 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 "Looking at Our Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Rusell family history.
Networking with Rusell 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Rusell 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 Rusell ancestors.
Rusell Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Rusell was the 45640th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Rusell Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Rusell, 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 Rusell 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 Rusell 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 Rusell reunion.