Welcome to the Goodfell 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 Goodfell 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 Goodfell genealogy.
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I. The Goodfell Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Goodfell 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 Goodfell family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.
II. Goodfell Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Goodfell ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Goodfell births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
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 Goodfell records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Goodfell family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Goodfell Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Goodfell last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Goodfell 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.
IV. Goodfell 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 Goodfell 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 Goodfell research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
V. Goodfell Family History
There is more to exploring your Goodfell 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 prisoner information for my Goodfell black sheep ancestors? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Goodfell 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 Goodfell 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 Goodfell ancestors.
VII. Goodfell Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Goodfell Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Goodfell, 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 Goodfell 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 "Goodfell 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 Goodfell reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Goodfell genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 18/May/2013.
If you host the Goodfell 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.