Welcome to the Douglass 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 Douglass 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 Douglass genealogy.
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I. The Douglass Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Douglass family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do I begin my Douglass family tree? and you might be surprised at the answer.
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II. Douglass Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Douglass ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Douglass births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
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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 Douglass records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Douglass family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Douglass 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 Douglass surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Douglass 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 Douglass family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Douglass research?, then this FAQ may help.
V. Douglass 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 Douglass 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 "Looking at Our Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Douglass family history.
VI. Networking with Douglass 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 Douglass 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 Douglass ancestors.
VII. Douglass Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Douglass was the 2594th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Douglass Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Douglass, 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 Douglass 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 "Douglass 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Douglass reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Douglass genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 18/Jun/2013.
If you host the Douglass 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.