Welcome to the Indies 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 Indies 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 Indies genealogy.
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I. The Indies Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Indies family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Indies brick wall? Read "Fast-Paced Genealogy Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Indies Ancestors
II. Indies Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Indies ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know What is the first census year to identify the informant in every Indies household?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Indies
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Indies records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Indies family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Indies Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Indies ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Indies DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Indies 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 Indies research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
V. Indies Family History
There is more to exploring your Indies 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 Indies ancestor? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Indies Researchers
One of the best ways to solve a genealogy problem is by enlisting the help of others through a message board query that is open to the public, allowing you to cast a wide net that can be accessed by anyone, around the world and around the clock --- at the same time, because it is a public forum, you will want to exercise caution in posting personal information or information about living persons. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Indies 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 Indies ancestors.
VII. Indies Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Indies Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Indies, 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 Indies Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Indies family members; you may want to consider a roundtable where you can gather different groups together at different times such as siblings to discuss their parents and childhood memories, cousins, aunts and uncles to discuss the grandparent generation, etc. - the collective memory and stimulus of shared experience can yield considerable information. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Indies reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Indies genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 12/Mar/2014.
If you host the Indies blog or web page, please link to this surname-focused resource. Here's the HTML code for a basic link. Simply cut/paste this code on to your page.