Welcome to the Despard 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 Despard 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 Despard ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Despard Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Despard family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do I begin my Despard family tree? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Despard Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Despard 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 Despard research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Despard
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 Despard records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Despard family history resource today.
Origins of the Despard 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 Despard surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Despard DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Despard 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 Despard research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
Despard Family History
There is more to exploring your Despard 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 Despard documents? is always useful.
Networking with Despard 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Despard 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 Despard ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with Despard Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Despard, 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 Despard 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 "Despard 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Despard reunion.