Welcome to the Brockovich 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 Brockovich 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 Brockovich genealogy.
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I. The Brockovich Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Brockovich 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 Brockovich ancestor? and you might be surprised at the answer.
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II. Brockovich Genealogy
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Brockovich ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Brockovich my ancestor in the SSDI?, 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 Brockovich records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Brockovich family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Brockovich Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Brockovich last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Brockovich 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. Brockovich 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 Brockovich 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 Brockovich research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
V. Brockovich 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 Brockovich 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 "Finding The Family History" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Brockovich family history.
VI. Networking with Brockovich 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 Brockovich 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 Brockovich ancestors.
VII. Brockovich Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Brockovich Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Brockovich, 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 Brockovich 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 Brockovich 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 Brockovich reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Brockovich 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/Mar/2014.
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