Welcome to the Ist 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 Ist 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 Ist ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Ist Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Ist family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Ist brick wall? Read "Fast-Paced Genealogy Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Ist Ancestors
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Ist ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find my Ist grandmother's passport?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Ist
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Ist records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Ist family history resource today.
Origins of the Ist 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 Ist surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Ist DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Ist 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 Ist research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Ist Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Ist ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my Ist family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Ist 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Ist 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 Ist ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with Ist Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ist, 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 Ist Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Ist 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Ist reunion.