Welcome to the Foreign 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 Foreign 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 Foreign genealogy.
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I. The Foreign Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Foreign family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, What records are best for finding my female Foreign ancestor's maiden name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Foreign Ancestors
II. Foreign Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Foreign ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Foreign births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Foreign
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 Foreign records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Foreign family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Foreign 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 Foreign surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Foreign 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 Foreign 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 Foreign research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
V. Foreign 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 Foreign 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 "Our Ancestors Paid Taxes" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Foreign family history.
VI. Networking with Foreign 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 Foreign 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 Foreign ancestors.
VII. Foreign Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Foreign Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Foreign, 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 Foreign Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Foreign 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 Foreign reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Foreign genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 16/Apr/2014.
If you host the Foreign 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.