Welcome to the Costa 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 Costa 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 Costa ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Costa Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Costa family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How common it is for Costa siblings to have the same first name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Costa Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Costa ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Costa births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Costa
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 Costa records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Costa family history resource today.
Origins of the Costa 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 Costa surname. Were you aware that Costa is a common Italian surname? The article "Tips for Using Italian Civil Vital Records" 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.
Costa DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Costa 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 Costa research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Costa Family History
There is more to exploring your Costa ancestry than just gathering a bunch of names and dates. Understanding where your ancestors lived, how they were employed, and what they did for fun, may give you a better appreciation of your heritage. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How can I decipher the handwriting in old Costa documents? is always useful.
Networking with Costa Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Costa 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 Costa 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 Costa ancestors.
Costa Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Costa was the 1076th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Costa Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Costa, 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 Costa Family Reunions
One key to a successful Costa 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 Costa reunion.