The Defoor Genealogy and Family Tree Page

Welcome to the Defoor 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 Defoor 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 Defoor ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!

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The Defoor Family Tree

It is important to remember that there is no single Defoor family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do I begin my Defoor family tree? and you might be surprised at the answer.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Defoor Ancestors

Defoor Genealogy

Keep an open mind when searching through Defoor 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 Defoor research?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Defoor

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 count of matching Defoor records matching Defoor records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Defoor family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Defoor Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Defoor 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.

Defoor DNA Projects

While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Defoor 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 Defoor research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".

Defoor 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 Defoor 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 "Learning About Women - The Invisible Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Defoor family history.

Photo Collections

Networking with Defoor 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 Defoor 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 Defoor ancestors.

Defoor Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Defoor was the 17391st most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

Web Sites & Blogs with Defoor Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Defoor, 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 Defoor 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 "Defoor 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 Defoor reunion.

See Also

Defour   Defur   De Foor   De Fur   Defoo  

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Surname Finder, The Defoor Genealogy and Family Tree Page [on-line resource], New Providence, NJ, USA: Genealogy Today LLC, 2014.

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