Welcome to the Drought 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 Drought 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 Drought genealogy.
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I. The Drought Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Drought family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do I begin my Drought family tree? and you might be surprised at the answer.
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II. Drought Genealogy
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Drought ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Drought my ancestor in the SSDI?, 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 Drought records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Drought family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Drought Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Drought last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Drought ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Drought DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Drought 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 Drought research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
V. Drought Family History
There is more to exploring your Drought 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 is the book on my Drought family? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Drought 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Drought 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 Drought ancestors.
VII. Drought Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Drought was the 85716th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Drought Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Drought, 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 Drought 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 "Drought 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 Drought reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Drought 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/Apr/2014.
If you host the Drought 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.