Welcome to the Stone 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 Stone 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 Stone genealogy.
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I. The Stone Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Stone family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Stone brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Stone Ancestors
II. Stone 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 Stone 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 Stone research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Stone
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Stone records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Stone family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Stone Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Stone last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Stone ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Stone 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. Stone DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Stone 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 Stone research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Stone Family History
There is more to exploring your Stone 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 Stone ancestor? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Stone Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Stone 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 Stone 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 Stone ancestors.
VII. Stone Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Stone was the 158th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Stone Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Stone, 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 Stone Family Reunions
One key to a successful Stone 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 Stone reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Stone genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 07/Mar/2014.
If you host the Stone blog or web page, please link to this surname-focused resource. Here's the HTML code for a basic link. Simply cut/paste this code on to your page.