Welcome to the Doake Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Doake surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Doake genealogy.
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I. The Doake Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Doake family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do I begin my Doake family tree? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Doake Ancestors
II. Doake Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Doake ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Doake births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Doake
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 Doake records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Doake family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Doake Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Doake 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.
IV. Doake DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Doake 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 Doake research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
V. Doake Family History
There is more to exploring your Doake 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 Where can I find a biography of my Doake ancestor? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Doake 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 Doake 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 Doake ancestors.
VII. Doake Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Doake Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Doake, 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."
To have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.
IX. Upcoming Doake 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 "Doake 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 Doake reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Doake genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 17/Jun/2013.
If you host the Doake blog or web page, please link to this surname-focused resource. Here's the HTML code for a basic link. Simply cut/paste this code on to your page.