Welcome to the Thonnton 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 Thonnton 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 Thonnton ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Thonnton Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Thonnton family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Thonnton brick wall? Read "Schools Records Can Reveal A Lot About Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Thonnton Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Thonnton 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 Thonnton family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Thonnton
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Thonnton records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Thonnton family history resource today.
Origins of the Thonnton Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Thonnton last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Thonnton 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.
Thonnton DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Thonnton 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 Thonnton research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Thonnton 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 Thonnton 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 "The Role Of History In Genealogical Research" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Thonnton family history.
Networking with Thonnton 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 Thonnton 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 Thonnton ancestors.
Thonnton Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Thonnton Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Thonnton, 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 Thonnton 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 "Thonnton 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 Thonnton reunion.