Welcome to the Sloan Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Sloan surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Sloan genealogy.
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I. The Sloan Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Sloan family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Sloan brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Sloan Ancestors
II. Sloan Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Sloan ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know What information is given in U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules about Sloan citizens from the past?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Sloan
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Sloan records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Sloan family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Sloan Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Sloan last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Sloan ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Sloan 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.
IV. Sloan 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 Sloan family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Sloan research?, then this FAQ may help.
V. Sloan 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 Sloan 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 Sloan family history.
VI. Networking with Sloan Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Sloan surname, posting a message query can help you connect with distant cousins and others who may be working on the same lines, some of whom may have advanced the research or solved some of the hard problems, but are willing to share. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Sloan 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 Sloan ancestors.
VII. Sloan Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Sloan was the 665th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Sloan Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Sloan, 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."
To have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.
IX. Upcoming Sloan Family Reunions
One key to a successful Sloan reunion is preparation, and for the family researcher that means getting the word out in advance on what to bring (such as the family photo collection); arranging for the display of shared information; and planning activities conducive to sharing; and one of the best ways to get others to participate is in bringing something of your own to share such a picture pedigree, compiled family history or biographical sketch, or even a copies of a treasured photo as a gift for each family -- you may even want to consider putting together a reunion newsletter in advance to be distributed at the reunion, asking for help in solving one or more specific family mysteries: you never know who might have insight they are willing to share, one-on-one. The article "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Sloan reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Sloan genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 09/Dec/2013.
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