Welcome to the Mende 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 Mende 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 Mende ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Mende Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Mende family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Mende brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Mende Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Mende 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 I locate old newspapers for Mende research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Mende
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Mende records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Mende family history resource today.
Origins of the Mende Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Mende last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Mende 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.
Mende 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 Mende 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 Mende research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
Mende Family History
There is more to exploring your Mende 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 Mende ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Mende Researchers
If you are doing genealogy research in a particular town or region distant from where you live, you may want to consider posting a message board query requesting a lookup; often local volunteers or residents are willing to lend a hand, but remember to be specific in your request and be respectful of others' time. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Mende 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 Mende ancestors.
Mende Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Mende was the 26269th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Mende Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Mende, 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 Mende Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Mende family history, which provides opportunities to share stories and visit cemeteries or old home sites; you may even want to consider as a one-day activity, having each family take on the task of gathering information from the local courthouse, school district, public library, etc. -- this, of course, requires advance planning and assignment, but could generate considerable interest and results. The article "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Mende reunion.