Welcome to the Ford 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 Ford 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 Ford ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Ford Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Ford family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, What records are best for finding my female Ford ancestor's maiden name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Ford Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Ford ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Ford births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Ford
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 Ford records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Ford family history resource today.
Origins of the Ford 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 Ford surname. Were you aware that Ford is considered a very common surname, which offers its own set of challenges? The article "Researching Common Names" may be helpful for your research. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Ford 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 Ford family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Ford research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
Ford Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Ford ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my Ford family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Ford 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Ford 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 Ford ancestors.
Ford Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Ford was the 102nd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Ford Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ford, 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 Ford Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Ford 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Ford reunion.