Welcome to the Boutswell 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 Boutswell 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 Boutswell ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Boutswell Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Boutswell 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 Boutswell ancestor? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Boutswell Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Boutswell ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Boutswell births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Boutswell
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 Boutswell records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Boutswell family history resource today.
Origins of the Boutswell 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 Boutswell surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Boutswell DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Boutswell relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Boutswell research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Boutswell Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Boutswell 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 Boutswell family history.
Networking with Boutswell 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Boutswell 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 Boutswell ancestors.
Boutswell Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Boutswell Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Boutswell, 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 Boutswell 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 Boutswell 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Boutswell reunion.