Welcome to the Holland 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 Holland 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 Holland genealogy.
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I. The Holland Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Holland family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Holland brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Holland Ancestors
II. Holland Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Holland ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Holland births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Holland
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Holland records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Holland family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Holland Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Holland last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Holland ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Holland 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. Holland DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Holland 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 Holland research, read "When do you use DNA?".
V. Holland Family History
There is more to exploring your Holland 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 Holland documents? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Holland 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 Holland 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 Holland ancestors.
VII. Holland Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Holland was the 256th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Holland Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Holland, 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 Holland 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 "Holland 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 Holland reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Holland genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 05/Dec/2013.
If you host the Holland 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.