Welcome to the Boles 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 Boles 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 Boles genealogy.
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I. The Boles Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Boles 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 Boles ancestor? and you might be surprised at the answer.
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II. Boles Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Boles ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Boles births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
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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 Boles records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Boles family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Boles Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Boles last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Boles ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Boles 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 Boles 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 Boles research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
V. Boles Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Boles ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Faddish First Names" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Boles family history.
VI. Networking with Boles 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Boles 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 Boles ancestors.
VII. Boles Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Boles was the 2066th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Boles Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Boles, 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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IX. Upcoming Boles 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 Boles 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Boles reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Boles genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 09/Dec/2013.
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