Welcome to the Higgaty 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 Higgaty 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 Higgaty genealogy.
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I. The Higgaty Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Higgaty family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Higgaty brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
II. Higgaty Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Higgaty ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Higgaty ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Higgaty records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Higgaty family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Higgaty Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Higgaty ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Higgaty 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 Higgaty family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Higgaty research?, then this FAQ may help.
V. Higgaty Family History
There is more to exploring your Higgaty 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 How can I decipher the handwriting in old Higgaty documents? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Higgaty 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 Higgaty 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 Higgaty ancestors.
VII. Higgaty Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Higgaty Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Higgaty, 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 Higgaty 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 "Higgaty 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 Higgaty reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Higgaty genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 21/May/2013.
If you host the Higgaty 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.