Welcome to the Boak Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Boak surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Boak genealogy.
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I. The Boak Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Boak family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I find the second married name of a female Boak ancestor? and you might be surprised at the answer.
II. Boak Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Boak ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Boak births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
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 Boak records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Boak family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Boak Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Boak ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Boak DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Boak 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 Boak research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
V. Boak Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Boak ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my Boak family history on the Internet? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Boak Researchers
When you've come up against a brick wall in your genealogy research, posting a message board query can help; one of the biggest benefits is that message board queries are accessed through search engines, which means even someone not specifically engaged in genealogy but interested in your subject may find your query and bring valuable new information to the table -- it happens! The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Boak 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 Boak ancestors.
VII. Boak Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Boak was the 38543rd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Boak Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Boak, 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 have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.
IX. Upcoming Boak Family Reunions
Notifying everyone in advance to bring old photos and documents can bring big rewards, making a special place at the reunion (maybe even a special Boak booth) where people can come at their leisure to sit, look and chat; in addition to information and clues that might be written on the back of a photo, every photograph has a story and serves as an excellent stimulus to recall -- people might comment not only on the people in the photo, but also on what's in the background, or they might have information around where the photo was taken or the event -- just be sure to have someone there to capture new information. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Boak reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Boak genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 23/May/2013.
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