Welcome to the Hopkins 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 Hopkins 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 Hopkins ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Hopkins Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Hopkins family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Hopkins brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Hopkins Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Hopkins ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Hopkins births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Hopkins
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Hopkins records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Hopkins family history resource today.
Origins of the Hopkins Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Hopkins surname. Were you aware that Hopkins 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.
Hopkins DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Hopkins 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 Hopkins research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Hopkins 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 Hopkins 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 "Our Ancestors Paid Taxes" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Hopkins family history.
Networking with Hopkins 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Hopkins 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 Hopkins ancestors.
Hopkins Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Hopkins was the 263rd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Hopkins Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Hopkins, 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 Hopkins 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 "Hopkins 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Hopkins reunion.