Welcome to the Gooddard 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 Gooddard 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 Gooddard ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Gooddard Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Gooddard 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 Gooddard family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Gooddard Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Gooddard ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Gooddard births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Gooddard
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 Gooddard records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Gooddard family history resource today.
Origins of the Gooddard Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Gooddard last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Gooddard 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.
Gooddard 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 Gooddard 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 Gooddard research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
Gooddard Family History
There is more to exploring your Gooddard 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 Was my Gooddard ancestor's name changed at Ellis Island? is always useful.
Networking with Gooddard 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Gooddard 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 Gooddard ancestors.
Gooddard Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Gooddard Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Gooddard, 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 recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.
Upcoming Gooddard 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 "Gooddard 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Gooddard reunion.