Welcome to the Calin 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 Calin 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 Calin ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Calin Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Calin family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How common it is for Calin siblings to have the same first name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Calin Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Calin 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 city directories be used to help my Calin research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Calin
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 Calin records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Calin family history resource today.
Origins of the Calin Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Calin last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Calin 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.
Calin DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Calin 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 Calin research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
Calin 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 Calin 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 Calin family history.
Networking with Calin Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Calin surname, posting a message query can help you connect with distant cousins and others who may be working on the same lines, some of whom may have advanced the research or solved some of the hard problems, but are willing to share. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Calin 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 Calin ancestors.
Calin Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Calin was the 36153rd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Calin Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Calin, 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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Upcoming Calin Family Reunions
One key to a successful Calin 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 Calin reunion.