Welcome to the Kolen 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 Kolen 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 Kolen ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Kolen Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Kolen family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Kolen brick wall? Read "Genealogical Research Habits" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Kolen Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Kolen ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Kolen births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Kolen
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Kolen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Kolen family history resource today.
Origins of the Kolen Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Kolen last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Kolen 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.
Kolen 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 Kolen family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Kolen research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Kolen 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 Kolen 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 Kolen family history.
Networking with Kolen Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Kolen 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 Kolen 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 Kolen ancestors.
Kolen Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Kolen was the 71262nd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Kolen Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Kolen, 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 Kolen Family Reunions
One key to a successful Kolen 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 Kolen reunion.