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The Stephens Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Stephens 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 Stephens 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 Stephens genealogy.

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I. The Stephens Family Tree

It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Stephens family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Stephens brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Stephens Ancestors

II. Stephens 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 Stephens ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "All Those Genealogy Charts" can help accelerate your Stephens research.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Stephens

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

Death Records

Military Records

III. Origins of the Stephens Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Stephens ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Stephens 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. Stephens DNA Projects

DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Stephens 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're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Stephens research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".

V. Stephens 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 Stephens 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 "Researching Criminal Records" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Stephens family history.

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with Stephens Researchers

In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Stephens 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Stephens 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 Stephens ancestors.

VII. Stephens Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Stephens was the 165th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Stephens Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Stephens, 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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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 Stephens Family Reunions

One key to a successful Stephens 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Stephens reunion.

 

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