Welcome to the Downward 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 Downward 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 Downward genealogy.
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I. The Downward Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Downward family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do I begin my Downward family tree? and you might be surprised at the answer.
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II. Downward Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Downward ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Downward 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 Downward records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Downward family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Downward 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 Downward surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Downward DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Downward 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 Downward research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Downward Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Downward 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 "Researching Masonic Records" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Downward family history.
VI. Networking with Downward 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 Downward 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 Downward ancestors.
VII. Downward Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Downward Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Downward, 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 Downward 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 "Downward 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 Downward reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Downward genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 19/Jun/2013.
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