Welcome to the Lagouarde 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 Lagouarde 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 Lagouarde genealogy.
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I. The Lagouarde Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Lagouarde family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Lagouarde brick wall? Read "Efficient and Effective Research Tips" for some helpful advice.
II. Lagouarde Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Lagouarde records. Years ago many people were unable to read and write, thus a given ancestor's name could be spelled in a variety of ways depending on who recorded it. If you want to know How can city directories be used to help my Lagouarde research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Lagouarde records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Lagouarde family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Lagouarde Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Lagouarde 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. Lagouarde DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Lagouarde 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 Lagouarde research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
V. Lagouarde Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Lagouarde 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 "Orphans and Illegitimate Children" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Lagouarde family history.
VI. Networking with Lagouarde Researchers
When it comes families and genealogy research, it's important to remember that different people may have different information: some may even have inherited one-of-a-kind family documents or photos, and the best way to connect with these family members is by posting a message board query -- often in the process of collaboration, you can build a more complete picture of your ancestor or ancestral family. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Lagouarde 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 Lagouarde ancestors.
VII. Lagouarde Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Lagouarde Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Lagouarde, 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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IX. Upcoming Lagouarde 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 "Lagouarde 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Lagouarde reunion.
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