Welcome to the Tilden Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Tilden surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Tilden genealogy.
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I. The Tilden Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Tilden family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Tilden brick wall? Read "Schools Records Can Reveal A Lot About Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Tilden Ancestors
II. Tilden Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Tilden ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Tilden ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Tilden
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Tilden records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Tilden family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Tilden Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Tilden last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Tilden 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.
IV. Tilden DNA Projects
Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your Tilden family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Tilden research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
V. Tilden Family History
There is more to exploring your Tilden ancestry than just gathering a bunch of names and dates. Understanding where your ancestors lived, how they were employed, and what they did for fun, may give you a better appreciation of your heritage. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing Where can I find a biography of my Tilden ancestor? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Tilden 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 Tilden 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 Tilden ancestors.
VII. Tilden Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Tilden was the 27006th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Tilden Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Tilden, 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."
To have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.
IX. Upcoming Tilden 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 "Tilden 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Tilden reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Tilden genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 07/Dec/2013.
If you host the Tilden blog or web page, please link to this surname-focused resource. Here's the HTML code for a basic link. Simply cut/paste this code on to your page.