Welcome to the Girard 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 Girard 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 Girard ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Girard Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Girard family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, Where do I go to find birth, marriage, and death records for Girard family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Girard Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Girard ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Girard ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Girard
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 Girard records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Girard family history resource today.
Origins of the Girard 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 Girard surname. Were you aware that Girard is a common French surname? The article "Finding French - cherchez la famille" 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.
Girard 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 Girard family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Girard research?, then this FAQ may help.
Girard Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Girard 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 "Using Social History To Fill In The Gaps In Family Histories" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Girard family history.
Networking with Girard Researchers
In the course of genealogy research, collaboration is key -- we really cannot do it alone, and one of the great benefits of participating in community message boards is building relationships that not only enlightens our research but strengthens bonds across the miles. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Girard 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 Girard ancestors.
Girard Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Girard was the 2345th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Girard Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Girard, 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 Girard Family Reunions
Pedigree charts and family group records are important genealogical tools, so bringing or creating on site a big family pedigree (or family tree) is sure to draw attention; at the same time, have plenty of blank family group sheets available for individual families to complete and submit to go into a "Girard family record book," which you can then digitize and share -- you can then bring the physical book back to the next reunion, adding new families each time. The article "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Girard reunion.