Welcome to the Ecthofer 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 Ecthofer 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 Ecthofer ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Ecthofer Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Ecthofer family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do you find out if two people named Ecthofer are related? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Ecthofer Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Ecthofer records. Years ago many people were unable to read and write, thus a given ancestor's name could be spelled in a variety of ways depending on who recorded it. If you want to know How can I find information on men and women named Ecthofer who served in the Revolutionary War?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Ecthofer
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 Ecthofer records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Ecthofer family history resource today.
Origins of the Ecthofer 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 Ecthofer surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Ecthofer DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Ecthofer 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 Ecthofer research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Ecthofer 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 Ecthofer 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 "Learning About Women - The Invisible Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Ecthofer family history.
Networking with Ecthofer Researchers
If you are doing genealogy research in a particular town or region distant from where you live, you may want to consider posting a message board query requesting a lookup; often local volunteers or residents are willing to lend a hand, but remember to be specific in your request and be respectful of others' time. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Ecthofer 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 Ecthofer ancestors.
Ecthofer Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Ecthofer Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ecthofer, 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."
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Upcoming Ecthofer Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Ecthofer family history, which provides opportunities to share stories and visit cemeteries or old home sites; you may even want to consider as a one-day activity, having each family take on the task of gathering information from the local courthouse, school district, public library, etc. -- this, of course, requires advance planning and assignment, but could generate considerable interest and results. The article "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Ecthofer reunion.