Welcome to the Moor 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 Moor 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 Moor genealogy.
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I. The Moor Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Moor family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Moor brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Moor Ancestors
II. Moor Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Moor ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Moor births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Moor
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Moor records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Moor family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Moor Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Moor last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Moor ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Moor DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Moor 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 Moor research, read "When do you use DNA?".
V. Moor Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Moor 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 Moor family history on the Internet? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Moor 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Moor 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 Moor ancestors.
VII. Moor Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Moor was the 10449th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Moor Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Moor, 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."
To have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.
IX. Upcoming Moor Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Moor 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 Moor reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Moor genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 05/Dec/2013.
If you host the Moor blog or web page, please link to this surname-focused resource. Here's the HTML code for a basic link. Simply cut/paste this code on to your page.