Welcome to the Fowkes 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 Fowkes 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 Fowkes ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Fowkes Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Fowkes family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, What records are best for finding my female Fowkes ancestor's maiden name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Fowkes Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Fowkes ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Fowkes births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Fowkes
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 Fowkes records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Fowkes family history resource today.
Origins of the Fowkes 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 Fowkes surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Fowkes DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Fowkes 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 Fowkes research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Fowkes Family History
There is more to exploring your Fowkes 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 can I find a biography of my Fowkes ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Fowkes 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 Fowkes 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 Fowkes ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with Fowkes Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Fowkes, 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 Fowkes Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Fowkes 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Fowkes reunion.