Welcome to the Sanders 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 Sanders 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 Sanders ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Sanders Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Sanders family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Sanders brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Sanders Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Sanders 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 city directories be used to help my Sanders research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Sanders
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Sanders records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Sanders family history resource today.
Origins of the Sanders Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Sanders last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Sanders ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Sanders is a common Quaker surname? The article "Tracing Quaker Ancestors" 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.
Sanders 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 Sanders 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 Sanders research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
Sanders Family History
There is more to exploring your Sanders 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 Sanders ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Sanders Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Sanders 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 Sanders 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 Sanders ancestors.
Sanders Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Sanders was the 75th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Sanders Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Sanders, 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 Sanders Family Reunions
One key to a successful Sanders 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Sanders reunion.