Welcome to the Horton 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 Horton 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 Horton genealogy.
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I. The Horton Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Horton family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Horton brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Horton Ancestors
II. Horton Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Horton ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Horton births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Horton
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Horton records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Horton family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Horton 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 Horton surname. Were you aware that Horton 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. Horton DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Horton 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 Horton research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Horton 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 Horton 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 "Learning About Women - The Invisible Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Horton family history.
VI. Networking with Horton 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 Horton 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 Horton ancestors.
VII. Horton Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Horton was the 278th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Horton Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Horton, 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 Horton 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 "Horton 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 Horton reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Horton genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 19/Apr/2014.
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