Welcome to the Thompson 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 Thompson 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 Thompson ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Thompson Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Thompson family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Thompson brick wall? Read "Schools Records Can Reveal A Lot About Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Thompson Ancestors
Patronymics is the practice of naming children using the given name (sometimes in a contracted form) of the father, grandfather, or other male ancestor followed by a suffix. In the case of Thompson, it is possible that one of your English ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Thomas." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Thompson 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 Thompson family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Thompson
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Thompson records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Thompson family history resource today.
Origins of the Thompson Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Thompson last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Thompson ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Thompson is a common Irish surname? The article "The Luck of the Irish Research" 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.
Thompson DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Thompson 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 Thompson research?, then this FAQ may help.
Thompson Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Thompson 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 Thompson family history.
Networking with Thompson 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 Thompson 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 Thompson ancestors.
Thompson Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Thompson was the 17th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Thompson Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Thompson, 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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Recently Discovered THOMPSON Clippings and Mentions
Upcoming Thompson 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 "Thompson 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 Thompson reunion.