Welcome to the Bodine 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 Bodine 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 Bodine ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Bodine Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Bodine 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 Bodine ancestor? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Bodine Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Bodine ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Bodine births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Bodine
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 Bodine records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Bodine family history resource today.
Origins of the Bodine Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Bodine ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Bodine is a common French surname? The article "Finding French - cherchez la famille" 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.
According to An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names [page 73], the surname BODINE is defined as Waggish, merry, sportive. Boodinne, in the Dutch, signifies a she-messenger.
Bodine DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Bodine 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 Bodine research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
Bodine 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 Bodine 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 "The Role Of History In Genealogical Research" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Bodine family history.
Networking with Bodine 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 Bodine 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 Bodine ancestors.
Bodine Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Bodine was the 7626th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Bodine Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Bodine, 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 Bodine 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 Bodine 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 Bodine reunion.