Welcome to the Wright 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 Wright 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 Wright ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Wright Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Wright family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Wright brick wall? Read "Soundex Sorts Out Family Names" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Wright 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 Wright ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Wright my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Wright
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Wright records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Wright family history resource today.
Origins of the Wright Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Wright last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Wright ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Wright is a common Quaker surname? The article "Tracing Quaker Ancestors" 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.
Wright 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 Wright 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 Wright research?, then this FAQ may help.
Wright 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 Wright 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 "Researching Criminal Records" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Wright family history.
Networking with Wright Researchers
In the course of genealogy research, collaboration is key -- we really cannot do it alone, and one of the great benefits of participating in community message boards is building relationships that not only enlightens our research but strengthens bonds across the miles. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Wright 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 Wright ancestors.
Wright Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Wright was the 31st most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Wright Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Wright, 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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Recently Discovered WRIGHT Clippings and Mentions
Upcoming Wright Family Reunions
One key to a successful Wright reunion is preparation, and for the family researcher that means getting the word out in advance on what to bring (such as the family photo collection); arranging for the display of shared information; and planning activities conducive to sharing; and one of the best ways to get others to participate is in bringing something of your own to share such a picture pedigree, compiled family history or biographical sketch, or even a copies of a treasured photo as a gift for each family -- you may even want to consider putting together a reunion newsletter in advance to be distributed at the reunion, asking for help in solving one or more specific family mysteries: you never know who might have insight they are willing to share, one-on-one. The article "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Wright reunion.