Welcome to the Oatneal 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 Oatneal 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 Oatneal ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Oatneal Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Oatneal family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Oatneal brick wall? Read "Know Where to Begin Your Genealogical Search" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Oatneal Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Oatneal 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 city directories be used to help my Oatneal research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Oatneal
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Oatneal records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Oatneal family history resource today.
Origins of the Oatneal 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 Oatneal surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Oatneal DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Oatneal 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're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Oatneal research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Oatneal Family History
There is more to exploring your Oatneal 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 Where can I find a biography of my Oatneal ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Oatneal 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Oatneal 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 Oatneal ancestors.
Oatneal Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Oatneal Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Oatneal, 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 Oatneal Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Oatneal 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 Oatneal reunion.