Welcome to the Urban 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 Urban 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 Urban genealogy.
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I. The Urban Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Urban family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Urban brick wall? Read "Passenger Arrival Lists Can Help Find Information About Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
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II. Urban Genealogy
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 Urban ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Urban my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Urban
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Urban records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Urban family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Urban Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Urban ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Urban 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 Urban family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Urban research?, then this FAQ may help.
V. Urban 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 Urban 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 Urban family history.
VI. Networking with Urban Researchers
If you are doing genealogy research in a particular town or region distant from where you live, you may want to consider posting a message board query requesting a lookup; often local volunteers or residents are willing to lend a hand, but remember to be specific in your request and be respectful of others' time. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Urban 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 Urban ancestors.
VII. Urban Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Urban was the 2335th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Urban Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Urban, 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 Urban Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Urban family history, which provides opportunities to share stories and visit cemeteries or old home sites; you may even want to consider as a one-day activity, having each family take on the task of gathering information from the local courthouse, school district, public library, etc. -- this, of course, requires advance planning and assignment, but could generate considerable interest and results. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Urban reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Urban genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 19/Apr/2014.
If you host the Urban 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.