Welcome to the Hicks 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 Hicks 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 Hicks ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Hicks Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Hicks family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Hicks brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Hicks Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Hicks ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Hicks ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Hicks
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Hicks records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Hicks family history resource today.
Origins of the Hicks Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Hicks ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Hicks 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.
Hicks DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Hicks ancestors were related, it can easily prove if they weren't. Be sure you understand what types of research issues each different DNA test can address before you spend any money. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Hicks research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Hicks Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Hicks 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 "Faddish First Names" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Hicks family history.
Networking with Hicks Researchers
When digging deeper into your ancestor's occupation, a great way to connect with others of a similar interest -- many who might have detailed information, is by posting a message board query giving clear information as to your ancestor's name and the specific occupation or organization, in time and place. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Hicks 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 Hicks ancestors.
Hicks Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Hicks was the 131st most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Hicks Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Hicks, 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 Hicks 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 "Hicks 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Hicks reunion.