Welcome to the Hoover 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 Hoover 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 Hoover ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Hoover Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Hoover family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Hoover brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Hoover Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Hoover ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Hoover births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Hoover
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Hoover records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Hoover family history resource today.
Origins of the Hoover Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Hoover last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Hoover ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Hoover 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.
Hoover DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Hoover 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 Hoover research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
Hoover Family History
There is more to exploring your Hoover 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 Where can I find a biography of my Hoover ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Hoover 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 Hoover 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 Hoover ancestors.
Hoover Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Hoover was the 571st most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Hoover Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Hoover, 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 recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.
Upcoming Hoover 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 "Hoover 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Hoover reunion.