Welcome to the Bush 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 Bush 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 Bush genealogy.
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I. The Bush Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Bush 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 Bush ancestor? and you might be surprised at the answer.
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II. Bush 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 Bush ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Digital Books and Microfilm" can help accelerate your Bush research.
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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 Bush records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Bush family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Bush 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 Bush surname. Were you aware that Bush is considered a very common surname, which offers its own set of challenges? The article "Researching Common Names" 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.
IV. Bush DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Bush 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 Bush research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Bush Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Bush 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 Bush family history on the Internet? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Bush 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 Bush 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 Bush ancestors.
VII. Bush Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Bush was the 304th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Bush Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Bush, 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 Bush 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 Bush 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Bush reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Bush genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 19/Apr/2014.
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