Welcome to the Filipino 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 Filipino 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 Filipino genealogy.
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I. The Filipino Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Filipino family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, What records are best for finding my female Filipino ancestor's maiden name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Filipino Ancestors
II. Filipino Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Filipino ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Filipino ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Filipino
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 Filipino records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Filipino family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Filipino Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Filipino last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Filipino 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. Filipino DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Filipino 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 Filipino research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
V. Filipino Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Filipino 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 "Placing Ancestors Into History Through Fraternal Organizations" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Filipino family history.
VI. Networking with Filipino Researchers
As genealogy researchers, we are eternally grateful to come upon information shared by others that enlightens our research; and we can reciprocate by paying it forward in responding to message board queries and sharing our own information that others in down the road or in future generations may benefit. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Filipino 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 Filipino ancestors.
VII. Filipino Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Filipino Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Filipino, 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 Filipino Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Filipino family members; you may want to consider a roundtable where you can gather different groups together at different times such as siblings to discuss their parents and childhood memories, cousins, aunts and uncles to discuss the grandparent generation, etc. - the collective memory and stimulus of shared experience can yield considerable information. The article "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Filipino reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Filipino genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 12/Mar/2014.
If you host the Filipino 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.