Welcome to the Tompson 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 Tompson 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 Tompson ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Tompson Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Tompson family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Tompson brick wall? Read "Schools Records Can Reveal A Lot About Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Tompson Ancestors
Patronymics is the practice of naming children using the given name of the father, grandfather, or other male ancestor followed by a suffix. In the case of Tompson, it is possible that one of your English ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Tomp." 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 Tompson ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Tompson births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Tompson
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Tompson records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Tompson family history resource today.
Origins of the Tompson Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Tompson last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Tompson 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.
Tompson DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Tompson 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 Tompson research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
Tompson Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Tompson 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 "Faddish First Names" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Tompson family history.
Networking with Tompson 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 Tompson 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 Tompson ancestors.
Tompson Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Tompson was the 15320th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Tompson Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Tompson, 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 Tompson 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 "Tompson 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 Tompson reunion.