Welcome to the Williams 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 Williams 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 Williams ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Williams Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Williams family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Williams brick wall? Read "Soundex Sorts Out Family Names" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Williams Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Williams ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Williams ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Williams
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Williams records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Williams family history resource today.
Origins of the Williams Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Williams last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Williams ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Williams 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.
Williams DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Williams ancestors were related, it can easily prove if they weren't. Be sure you understand what types of research issues each different DNA test can address before you spend any money. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Williams research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Williams 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 Williams 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 Williams family history.
Networking with Williams Researchers
In the course of genealogy research, collaboration is key -- we really cannot do it alone, and one of the great benefits of participating in community message boards is building relationships that not only enlightens our research but strengthens bonds across the miles. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Williams 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 Williams ancestors.
Williams Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Williams was the 3rd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Williams Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Williams, 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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Recently Discovered WILLIAMS Clippings and Mentions
Upcoming Williams Family Reunions
One key to a successful Williams 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 Williams reunion.