Welcome to the Motts 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 Motts 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 Motts ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Motts Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Motts family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Motts brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Motts Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Motts ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Motts births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Motts
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Motts records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Motts family history resource today.
Origins of the Motts 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 Motts surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Motts DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Motts 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 Motts research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Motts Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Motts 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 "Faddish First Names" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Motts family history.
Networking with Motts 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 Motts 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 Motts ancestors.
Motts Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Motts was the 50307th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Motts Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Motts, 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 Motts Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Motts 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 Motts reunion.