The Zelien Genealogy and Family Tree Page

Welcome to the Zelien 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 Zelien 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 Zelien ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!

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The Zelien Family Tree

It is important to remember that there is no single Zelien family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. Have you struck a Zelien brick wall? Read "Documenting Genealogical Research" for some helpful advice.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Zelien Ancestors

Zelien Genealogy

Keep an open mind when searching through Zelien records. Years ago many people were unable to read and write, thus a given ancestor's name could be spelled in a variety of ways depending on who recorded it. If you want to know How can I locate old newspapers for Zelien research?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Zelien

Vital records are essential for family history research because they were typically created at or near the time of the event, making the record more reliable. There are currently count of matching Zelien records matching Zelien records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Zelien family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Zelien Surname

It is quite possible for two people with the Zelien last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Zelien 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.

Zelien DNA Projects

While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Zelien 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 Zelien research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".

Zelien Family History

There is more to exploring your Zelien 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 Zelien ancestor? is always useful.

Photo Collections

Networking with Zelien Researchers

When you've come up against a brick wall in your genealogy research, posting a message board query can help; one of the biggest benefits is that message board queries are accessed through search engines, which means even someone not specifically engaged in genealogy but interested in your subject may find your query and bring valuable new information to the table -- it happens! The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Zelien 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 Zelien ancestors.

Zelien Achievements & Celebrities

Web Sites & Blogs with Zelien Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Zelien, 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."

RootsWeb search of US Naturalization Records
RootsWeb search of Obituary Daily Times
RootsWeb search of Social Security Death Index

To recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.

Upcoming Zelien Family Reunions

Notifying everyone in advance to bring old photos and documents can bring big rewards, making a special place at the reunion (maybe even a special Zelien booth) where people can come at their leisure to sit, look and chat; in addition to information and clues that might be written on the back of a photo, every photograph has a story and serves as an excellent stimulus to recall -- people might comment not only on the people in the photo, but also on what's in the background, or they might have information around where the photo was taken or the event -- just be sure to have someone there to capture new information. The article "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Zelien reunion.

See Also

Zelie   Zielie   Elion  

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Surname Finder, The Zelien Genealogy and Family Tree Page [on-line resource], New Providence, NJ, USA: Genealogy Today LLC, 2014.

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