Welcome to the Thompsom 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 Thompsom 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 Thompsom ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Thompsom Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Thompsom family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Thompsom brick wall? Read "Schools Records Can Reveal A Lot About Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Thompsom Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Thompsom ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know How do I find my Thompsom family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Thompsom
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Thompsom records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Thompsom family history resource today.
Origins of the Thompsom Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Thompsom last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Thompsom ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Thompsom DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Thompsom 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 are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Thompsom research?, then this FAQ may help.
Thompsom Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Thompsom ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Placing Ancestors Into History Through Fraternal Organizations" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Thompsom family history.
Networking with Thompsom 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Thompsom 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 Thompsom ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with Thompsom Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Thompsom, 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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Upcoming Thompsom 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 "Thompsom 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 Thompsom reunion.