Welcome to the Turner 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 Turner 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 Turner ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Turner Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Turner family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Turner brick wall? Read "Schools Records Can Reveal A Lot About Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Turner Ancestors
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Turner ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Digital Books and Microfilm" can help accelerate your Turner research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Turner
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Turner records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Turner family history resource today.
Origins of the Turner Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Turner surname. Were you aware that Turner is considered a very common surname, which offers its own set of challenges? The article "Researching Common Names" 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.
Turner DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Turner 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 Turner research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Turner Family History
There is more to exploring your Turner 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 Turner ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Turner 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Turner 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 Turner ancestors.
Turner Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Turner was the 44th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Turner Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Turner, 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 Turner 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 "Turner 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Turner reunion.