Welcome to the Castillo 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 Castillo 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 Castillo ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Castillo Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Castillo family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How common it is for Castillo siblings to have the same first name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Castillo Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Castillo records. Years ago many people were unable to read and write, thus a given ancestor's name could be spelled in a variety of ways depending on who recorded it. If you want to know How can city directories be used to help my Castillo research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Castillo
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 Castillo records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Castillo family history resource today.
Origins of the Castillo 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 Castillo surname. Were you aware that Castillo 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.
Castillo DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Castillo 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 Castillo research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Castillo 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 Castillo 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 "Our Ancestors Paid Taxes" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Castillo family history.
Networking with Castillo Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Castillo surname, posting a message query can help you connect with distant cousins and others who may be working on the same lines, some of whom may have advanced the research or solved some of the hard problems, but are willing to share. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Castillo 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 Castillo ancestors.
Castillo Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Castillo was the 207th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Castillo Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Castillo, 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 Castillo Family Reunions
One key to a successful Castillo reunion is preparation, and for the family researcher that means getting the word out in advance on what to bring (such as the family photo collection); arranging for the display of shared information; and planning activities conducive to sharing; and one of the best ways to get others to participate is in bringing something of your own to share such a picture pedigree, compiled family history or biographical sketch, or even a copies of a treasured photo as a gift for each family -- you may even want to consider putting together a reunion newsletter in advance to be distributed at the reunion, asking for help in solving one or more specific family mysteries: you never know who might have insight they are willing to share, one-on-one. The article "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Castillo reunion.