Welcome to the Collin 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 Collin 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 Collin ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Collin Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Collin family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How common it is for Collin siblings to have the same first name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Collin Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Collin ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Collin births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Collin
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 Collin records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Collin family history resource today.
Origins of the Collin Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Collin last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Collin 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.
Collin DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Collin 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 Collin research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Collin 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 Collin 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 "Our Ancestors Paid Taxes" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Collin family history.
Networking with Collin Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Collin 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 Collin 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 Collin ancestors.
Collin Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Collin was the 7991st most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Collin Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Collin, 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 Collin Family Reunions
One key to a successful Collin 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 Collin reunion.