Welcome to the Vanderbilt 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 Vanderbilt 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 Vanderbilt ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Vanderbilt Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Vanderbilt family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do I begin my Vanderbilt family tree? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Vanderbilt Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Vanderbilt 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 Vanderbilt research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Vanderbilt
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 Vanderbilt records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Vanderbilt family history resource today.
Origins of the Vanderbilt 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 Vanderbilt surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Vanderbilt 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 Vanderbilt 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 Vanderbilt research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Vanderbilt 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 Vanderbilt 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 "Our Ancestors Paid Taxes" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Vanderbilt family history.
Networking with Vanderbilt Researchers
When it comes families and genealogy research, it's important to remember that different people may have different information: some may even have inherited one-of-a-kind family documents or photos, and the best way to connect with these family members is by posting a message board query -- often in the process of collaboration, you can build a more complete picture of your ancestor or ancestral family. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Vanderbilt 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 Vanderbilt ancestors.
Vanderbilt Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Vanderbilt was the 14159th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Vanderbilt Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Vanderbilt, 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 Vanderbilt Family Reunions
Pedigree charts and family group records are important genealogical tools, so bringing or creating on site a big family pedigree (or family tree) is sure to draw attention; at the same time, have plenty of blank family group sheets available for individual families to complete and submit to go into a "Vanderbilt family record book," which you can then digitize and share -- you can then bring the physical book back to the next reunion, adding new families each time. The article "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Vanderbilt reunion.