Welcome to the Goodman 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 Goodman 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 Goodman ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Goodman Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Goodman 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 Goodman family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Goodman Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Goodman ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Goodman births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Goodman
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 Goodman records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Goodman family history resource today.
Origins of the Goodman Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Goodman last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Goodman ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Goodman is considered a very common surname, which offers its own set of challenges? The article "Researching Common Names" 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.
Goodman 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 Goodman 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 Goodman research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
Goodman 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 Goodman 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 "Dealing With Those Pesky Family Legends" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Goodman family history.
Networking with Goodman 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 Goodman 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 Goodman ancestors.
Goodman Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Goodman was the 386th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Goodman Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Goodman, 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 Goodman 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 "Goodman 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 Goodman reunion.