Welcome to the Hotchkiss 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 Hotchkiss 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 Hotchkiss ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Hotchkiss Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Hotchkiss family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Hotchkiss brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Hotchkiss Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Hotchkiss ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Hotchkiss births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Hotchkiss
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Hotchkiss records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Hotchkiss family history resource today.
Origins of the Hotchkiss 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 Hotchkiss surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Hotchkiss 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 Hotchkiss 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 Hotchkiss research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
Hotchkiss 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 Hotchkiss 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 "Researching Criminal Records" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Hotchkiss family history.
Networking with Hotchkiss 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 Hotchkiss 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 Hotchkiss ancestors.
Hotchkiss Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Hotchkiss was the 5124th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Hotchkiss Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Hotchkiss, 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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Recently Discovered HOTCHKISS Clippings and Mentions
Upcoming Hotchkiss 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 "Hotchkiss 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 Hotchkiss reunion.