Welcome to the Odikirk 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 Odikirk 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 Odikirk ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Odikirk Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Odikirk family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Odikirk brick wall? Read "Know Where to Begin Your Genealogical Search" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Odikirk Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Odikirk 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 Odikirk ancestor is buried?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Odikirk
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Odikirk records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Odikirk family history resource today.
Origins of the Odikirk Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Odikirk last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Odikirk 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.
Odikirk DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Odikirk 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 Odikirk research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Odikirk 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 Odikirk 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 "Our Ancestors Paid Taxes" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Odikirk family history.
Networking with Odikirk 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Odikirk 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 Odikirk ancestors.
Odikirk Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Odikirk Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Odikirk, 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 Odikirk Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Odikirk 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Odikirk reunion.