Welcome to the Odom 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 Odom 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 Odom ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Odom Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Odom family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Odom brick wall? Read "Know Where to Begin Your Genealogical Search" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Odom Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Odom 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 Odom ancestor is buried?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Odom
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Odom records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Odom family history resource today.
Origins of the Odom Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Odom last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Odom ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Odom is considered a very common surname, which offers its own set of challenges? The article "Researching Common Names" may be helpful for your research. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Odom DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Odom 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 are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Odom research?, then this FAQ may help.
Odom Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Odom 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 Odom family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Odom 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 Odom 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 Odom ancestors.
Odom Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Odom was the 888th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Odom Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Odom, 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 Odom Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Odom 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 Odom reunion.