Welcome to the Begg 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 Begg 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 Begg ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Begg Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Begg family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I find the second married name of a female Begg ancestor? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Begg Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Begg 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 Begg research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Begg
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 Begg records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Begg family history resource today.
Origins of the Begg Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Begg 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.
According to An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names [page 68], the surname BEGG is defined as From the Gaelic Beag, little, young, small of stature.
Begg 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 Begg 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 Begg research?, then this FAQ may help.
Begg Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Begg ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my Begg family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Begg 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Begg 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 Begg ancestors.
Begg Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Begg was the 75096th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Begg Research
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Upcoming Begg 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 Begg 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Begg reunion.