Welcome to the Cooper 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 Cooper 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 Cooper ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Cooper Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Cooper family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How common it is for Cooper siblings to have the same first name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Cooper Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Cooper ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Cooper births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Cooper
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 Cooper records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Cooper family history resource today.
Origins of the Cooper Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Cooper last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Cooper ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Cooper 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.
Cooper DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Cooper 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're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Cooper research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
Cooper Family History
There is more to exploring your Cooper ancestry than just gathering a bunch of names and dates. Understanding where your ancestors lived, how they were employed, and what they did for fun, may give you a better appreciation of your heritage. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing Where can I find a biography of my Cooper ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Cooper Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Cooper 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 Cooper 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 Cooper ancestors.
Cooper Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Cooper was the 62nd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Cooper Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Cooper, 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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Recently Discovered COOPER Clippings and Mentions
Upcoming Cooper Family Reunions
One key to a successful Cooper 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Cooper reunion.