Welcome to the Ives 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 Ives 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 Ives ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Ives Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Ives family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Ives brick wall? Read "Fast-Paced Genealogy Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Ives 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 Ives ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Finding Ancestors in County Court Minutes" can help accelerate your Ives research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Ives
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Ives records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Ives family history resource today.
Origins of the Ives Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Ives 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.
Ives DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Ives 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 are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Ives research?, then this FAQ may help.
Ives Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Ives 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 Ives family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Ives 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 Ives 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 Ives ancestors.
Ives Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Ives was the 4070th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Ives Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ives, 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 Ives Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Ives 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 Ives reunion.