Welcome to the Gibson 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 Gibson 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 Gibson ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Gibson Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Gibson family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, Where do I go to find birth, marriage, and death records for Gibson family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Gibson Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Gibson ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Gibson ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Gibson
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 matching Gibson records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Gibson family history resource today.
Origins of the Gibson Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Gibson ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Gibson 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.
Gibson DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Gibson 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 are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Gibson research?, then this FAQ may help.
Gibson 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 Gibson 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 "Learning About Women - The Invisible Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Gibson family history.
Networking with Gibson 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Gibson 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 Gibson ancestors.
Gibson Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Gibson was the 116th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Gibson Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Gibson, 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 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.
Recently Discovered GIBSON Clippings and Mentions
Upcoming Gibson 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 "Gibson 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Gibson reunion.