Welcome to the De Be 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 De Be 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 De Be ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The De Be Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single De Be family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do I begin my De Be family tree? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering De Be Ancestors
De Be Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through De Be 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 I locate old newspapers for De Be research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for De Be
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 De Be records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online De Be family history resource today.
Origins of the De Be Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your De Be ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
De Be 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 De Be 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 De Be research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
De Be Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your De Be 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 De Be family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with De Be Researchers
When it comes families and genealogy research, it's important to remember that different people may have different information: some may even have inherited one-of-a-kind family documents or photos, and the best way to connect with these family members is by posting a message board query -- often in the process of collaboration, you can build a more complete picture of your ancestor or ancestral family. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful De Be 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 De Be ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with De Be Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of De Be, 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 De Be Family Reunions
Pedigree charts and family group records are important genealogical tools, so bringing or creating on site a big family pedigree (or family tree) is sure to draw attention; at the same time, have plenty of blank family group sheets available for individual families to complete and submit to go into a "De Be family record book," which you can then digitize and share -- you can then bring the physical book back to the next reunion, adding new families each time. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful De Be reunion.