Welcome to the Colin 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 Colin 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 Colin ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Colin Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Colin family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How common it is for Colin siblings to have the same first name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Colin Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Colin ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Colin births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Colin
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 Colin records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Colin family history resource today.
Origins of the Colin Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Colin last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Colin ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Colin is a common French surname? The article "Finding French - cherchez la famille" 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.
Colin DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Colin 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 Colin research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
Colin 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 Colin 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 Colin family history.
Networking with Colin Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Colin 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 Colin 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 Colin ancestors.
Colin Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Colin was the 7992nd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Colin Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Colin, 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.
Upcoming Colin Family Reunions
One key to a successful Colin 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 Colin reunion.