Welcome to the O'Farre 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 O'Farre 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 O'Farre ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The O'Farre Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the O'Farre family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a O'Farre brick wall? Read "Know Where to Begin Your Genealogical Search" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering O'Farre Ancestors
Patronymics is the practice of naming children using the given name of the father, grandfather, or other male ancestor preceeded by a prefix. In the case of O'Farre, it is possible that one of your Gaelic/Irish ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Farre." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Keep an open mind when searching through O'Farre 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 1929 Registry help me find my O'Farre ancestor's missing arrival records?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for O'Farre
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching O'Farre records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online O'Farre family history resource today.
Origins of the O'Farre Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your O'Farre 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.
O'Farre DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your O'Farre 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 O'Farre research, read "When do you use DNA?".
O'Farre Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your O'Farre 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 "Using Social History To Fill In The Gaps In Family Histories" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your O'Farre family history.
Networking with O'Farre Researchers
In the course of genealogy research, collaboration is key -- we really cannot do it alone, and one of the great benefits of participating in community message boards is building relationships that not only enlightens our research but strengthens bonds across the miles. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful O'Farre 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 O'Farre ancestors.
O'Farre Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with O'Farre Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of O'Farre, 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 O'Farre Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong O'Farre 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful O'Farre reunion.