Welcome to the Hoffman 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 Hoffman 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 Hoffman genealogy.
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I. The Hoffman Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Hoffman family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Hoffman brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Hoffman Ancestors
II. Hoffman Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Hoffman ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Hoffman births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Hoffman
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Hoffman records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Hoffman family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Hoffman Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Hoffman ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Hoffman is a common Jewish surname? The article "The Origins of Jewish Surnames" 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. Hoffman 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 Hoffman 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 Hoffman research, read "When do you use DNA?".
V. Hoffman 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 Hoffman 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 Hoffman family history.
VI. Networking with Hoffman 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 Hoffman 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 Hoffman ancestors.
VII. Hoffman Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Hoffman was the 252nd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Hoffman Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Hoffman, 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 Hoffman 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 "Hoffman 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 Hoffman reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Hoffman genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 08/Mar/2014.
If you host the Hoffman 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.