Welcome to the Morales 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 Morales 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 Morales ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Morales Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Morales family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Morales brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Morales Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Morales ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Morales births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Morales
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Morales records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Morales family history resource today.
Origins of the Morales 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 Morales surname. Were you aware that Morales is considered a very common surname, which offers its own set of challenges? The article "Researching Common Names" may be helpful for your research. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Morales DNA Projects
Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your Morales family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Morales research?, then this FAQ may help.
Morales Family History
For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Morales ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Looking at Our Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Morales family history.
Networking with Morales 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 Morales 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 Morales ancestors.
Morales Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Morales was the 136th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Morales Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Morales, 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 Morales Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Morales 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Morales reunion.