Welcome to the Sullivan 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 Sullivan 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 Sullivan ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Sullivan Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Sullivan family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Sullivan brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Sullivan 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 Sullivan 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 Sullivan research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Sullivan
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Sullivan records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Sullivan family history resource today.
Origins of the Sullivan Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Sullivan last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Sullivan ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Sullivan 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.
Sullivan DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Sullivan 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 Sullivan research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Sullivan 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 Sullivan 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 "Our Ancestors Paid Taxes" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Sullivan family history.
Networking with Sullivan Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Sullivan 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 Sullivan 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 Sullivan ancestors.
Sullivan Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Sullivan was the 105th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Sullivan Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Sullivan, 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."
Upcoming Sullivan Family Reunions
One key to a successful Sullivan 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Sullivan reunion.