Welcome to the Goodwin 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 Goodwin 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 Goodwin genealogy.
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I. The Goodwin Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Goodwin 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 Goodwin family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.
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II. Goodwin Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Goodwin ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Goodwin births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
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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 Goodwin records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Goodwin family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Goodwin Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Goodwin last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Goodwin ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Goodwin 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.
IV. Goodwin 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 Goodwin 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 Goodwin research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
V. Goodwin Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Goodwin 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 "Researching Masonic Records" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Goodwin family history.
VI. Networking with Goodwin 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 Goodwin 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 Goodwin ancestors.
VII. Goodwin Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Goodwin was the 377th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Goodwin Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Goodwin, 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 Goodwin 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 "Goodwin 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 Goodwin reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Goodwin genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 11/Dec/2013.
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