Welcome to the Mitchell 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 Mitchell 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 Mitchell ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Mitchell Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Mitchell family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Mitchell brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Mitchell Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Mitchell ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Mitchell ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Mitchell
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Mitchell records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Mitchell family history resource today.
Origins of the Mitchell Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Mitchell surname. Were you aware that Mitchell 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.
Mitchell 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 Mitchell 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 Mitchell research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
Mitchell 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 Mitchell 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 "Researching Criminal Records" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Mitchell family history.
Networking with Mitchell 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Mitchell 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 Mitchell ancestors.
Mitchell Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Mitchell was the 41st most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Mitchell Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Mitchell, 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 Mitchell Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Mitchell 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Mitchell reunion.