Welcome to the Tatum 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 Tatum 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 Tatum ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Tatum Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Tatum family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Tatum brick wall? Read "Schools Records Can Reveal A Lot About Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Tatum Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Tatum records. Years ago many people were unable to read and write, thus a given ancestor's name could be spelled in a variety of ways depending on who recorded it. If you want to know How can city directories be used to help my Tatum research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Tatum
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Tatum records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Tatum family history resource today.
Origins of the Tatum 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 Tatum surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Tatum DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Tatum 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 Tatum research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
Tatum 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 Tatum 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 "Dealing With Those Pesky Family Legends" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Tatum family history.
Networking with Tatum Researchers
When it comes families and genealogy research, it's important to remember that different people may have different information: some may even have inherited one-of-a-kind family documents or photos, and the best way to connect with these family members is by posting a message board query -- often in the process of collaboration, you can build a more complete picture of your ancestor or ancestral family. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Tatum 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 Tatum ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with Tatum Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Tatum, 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."
Recently Discovered TATUM Clippings and Mentions
Upcoming Tatum Family Reunions
Pedigree charts and family group records are important genealogical tools, so bringing or creating on site a big family pedigree (or family tree) is sure to draw attention; at the same time, have plenty of blank family group sheets available for individual families to complete and submit to go into a "Tatum family record book," which you can then digitize and share -- you can then bring the physical book back to the next reunion, adding new families each time. The article "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Tatum reunion.