Welcome to the Dobbs 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 Dobbs 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 Dobbs ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Dobbs Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Dobbs family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do I begin my Dobbs family tree? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Dobbs Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Dobbs ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Dobbs births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Dobbs
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 Dobbs records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Dobbs family history resource today.
Origins of the Dobbs Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Dobbs 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.
Dobbs 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 Dobbs 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 Dobbs research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Dobbs Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Dobbs ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Faddish First Names" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Dobbs family history.
Networking with Dobbs 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 Dobbs 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 Dobbs ancestors.
Dobbs Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Dobbs was the 2144th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Dobbs Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Dobbs, 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 recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.
Upcoming Dobbs 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 "Dobbs 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 Dobbs reunion.