Welcome to the Odenheim 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 Odenheim 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 Odenheim genealogy.
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I. The Odenheim Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Odenheim family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Odenheim brick wall? Read "Know Where to Begin Your Genealogical Search" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Odenheim Ancestors
II. Odenheim Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Odenheim 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 I find where my Odenheim ancestor is buried?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Odenheim
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Odenheim records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Odenheim family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Odenheim Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Odenheim 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.
IV. Odenheim DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Odenheim 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 Odenheim research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Odenheim Family History
For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Odenheim ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Researching Criminal Records" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Odenheim family history.
VI. Networking with Odenheim 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 Odenheim 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 Odenheim ancestors.
VII. Odenheim Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Odenheim Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Odenheim, 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 Odenheim Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Odenheim 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 Odenheim reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Odenheim genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 17/Apr/2014.
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