Welcome to the Ngoma 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 Ngoma 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 Ngoma genealogy.
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I. The Ngoma Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Ngoma family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Ngoma brick wall? Read "The 12 Essential Skills for Family Genealogists" for some helpful advice.
II. Ngoma Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Ngoma 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 the census help in locating my Ngoma ancestor's marriage record?, then read this frequently asked question.
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Ngoma records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Ngoma family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Ngoma Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Ngoma last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Ngoma 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. Ngoma DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Ngoma ancestors were related, it can easily prove if they weren't. Be sure you understand what types of research issues each different DNA test can address before you spend any money. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Ngoma research?, then this FAQ may help.
V. Ngoma Family History
There is more to exploring your Ngoma 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 can I decipher the handwriting in old Ngoma documents? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Ngoma Researchers
As genealogy researchers, we are eternally grateful to come upon information shared by others that enlightens our research; and we can reciprocate by paying it forward in responding to message board queries and sharing our own information that others in down the road or in future generations may benefit. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Ngoma 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 Ngoma ancestors.
VII. Ngoma Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Ngoma Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ngoma, 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 Ngoma Family Reunions
Notifying everyone in advance to bring old photos and documents can bring big rewards, making a special place at the reunion (maybe even a special Ngoma booth) where people can come at their leisure to sit, look and chat; in addition to information and clues that might be written on the back of a photo, every photograph has a story and serves as an excellent stimulus to recall -- people might comment not only on the people in the photo, but also on what's in the background, or they might have information around where the photo was taken or the event -- just be sure to have someone there to capture new information. The article "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Ngoma reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Ngoma genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 25/May/2013.
If you host the Ngoma 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.