Welcome to the Nias 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 Nias 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 Nias ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
Completed by on
The Nias Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Nias family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Nias brick wall? Read "The 12 Essential Skills for Family Genealogists" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Nias Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Nias ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Nias ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Nias
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Nias records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Nias family history resource today.
Origins of the Nias Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Nias ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Nias DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Nias 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 Nias research?, then this FAQ may help.
Nias Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Nias 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 Nias family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Nias 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Nias 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 Nias ancestors.
Nias Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Nias Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Nias, 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 recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.
Upcoming Nias 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 Nias 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Nias reunion.