Welcome to the Ma 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 Ma 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 Ma ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Ma Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Ma family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Ma brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Ma Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Ma 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 Ma research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Ma
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Ma records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Ma family history resource today.
Origins of the Ma 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 Ma surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Ma DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Ma 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 Ma research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Ma 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 Ma family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Ma Researchers
If you are doing genealogy research in a particular town or region distant from where you live, you may want to consider posting a message board query requesting a lookup; often local volunteers or residents are willing to lend a hand, but remember to be specific in your request and be respectful of others' time. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Ma 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 Ma ancestors.
Ma Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Ma was the 3375th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Ma Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ma, 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 Ma Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Ma family history, which provides opportunities to share stories and visit cemeteries or old home sites; you may even want to consider as a one-day activity, having each family take on the task of gathering information from the local courthouse, school district, public library, etc. -- this, of course, requires advance planning and assignment, but could generate considerable interest and results. The article "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Ma reunion.