Welcome to the Lockport 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 Lockport 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 Lockport ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Lockport Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Lockport family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Lockport brick wall? Read "Efficient and Effective Research Tips" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Lockport Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Lockport ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Lockport births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Lockport
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Lockport records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Lockport family history resource today.
Origins of the Lockport Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Lockport 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.
Lockport DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Lockport 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 Lockport research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Lockport Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Lockport 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 "Placing Ancestors Into History Through Fraternal Organizations" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Lockport family history.
Networking with Lockport 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 Lockport 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 Lockport ancestors.
Lockport Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Lockport Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Lockport, 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."
Upcoming Lockport 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 "Lockport 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 Lockport reunion.