The Russel Genealogy and Family Tree Page

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

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The Russel Family Tree

It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Russel family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Russel brick wall? Read "Searching For A Needle In An Ancestral Haystack" for some helpful advice.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Russel Ancestors

Russel 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 Russel 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 Russel research.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Russel

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

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Russel 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 Russel surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.

Russel DNA Projects

DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Russel 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 Russel research?, then this FAQ may help.

Russel Family History

There is more to exploring your Russel ancestry than just gathering a bunch of names and dates. Understanding where your ancestors lived, how they were employed, and what they did for fun, may give you a better appreciation of your heritage. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing Where can I find a biography of my Russel ancestor? is always useful.

Photo Collections

Networking with Russel 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 Russel 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 Russel ancestors.

Russel Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Russel was the 5804th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

Web Sites & Blogs with Russel Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Russel, 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 Russel 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 Russel 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 Russel reunion.

See Also

Rusel   Russle   Russeli   Russe   Ussel  

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