Welcome to the Howard 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 Howard 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 Howard ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Howard Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Howard family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Howard brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Howard Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Howard ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Howard births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Howard
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Howard records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Howard family history resource today.
Origins of the Howard 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 Howard surname. Were you aware that Howard 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.
Howard 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 Howard family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Howard research?, then this FAQ may help.
Howard Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Howard ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Using Social History To Fill In The Gaps In Family Histories" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Howard family history.
Networking with Howard 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 Howard 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 Howard ancestors.
Howard Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Howard was the 65th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Howard Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Howard, 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.
Recently Discovered HOWARD Clippings and Mentions
Upcoming Howard 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 "Howard 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 Howard reunion.