Welcome to the Motschall 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 Motschall 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 Motschall ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Motschall Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Motschall family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Motschall brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Motschall Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Motschall ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Motschall births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Motschall
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Motschall records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Motschall family history resource today.
Origins of the Motschall 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 Motschall surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Motschall DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Motschall 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 are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Motschall research?, then this FAQ may help.
Motschall Family History
There is more to exploring your Motschall ancestry than just gathering a bunch of names and dates. Understanding where your ancestors lived, how they were employed, and what they did for fun, may give you a better appreciation of your heritage. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my Motschall family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Motschall 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 Motschall 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 Motschall ancestors.
Motschall Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Motschall Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Motschall, 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 Motschall Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Motschall 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 Motschall reunion.