Welcome to the Hil 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 Hil 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 Hil ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Hil Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Hil family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Hil brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Hil Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Hil ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Hil ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Hil
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Hil records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Hil family history resource today.
Origins of the Hil Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Hil last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Hil 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.
Hil DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Hil relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Hil research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Hil Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Hil ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my Hil family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Hil 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Hil 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 Hil ancestors.
Hil Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Hil Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Hil, 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 Hil 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 "Hil 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Hil reunion.