Welcome to the Ohlau 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 Ohlau 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 Ohlau ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Ohlau Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Ohlau family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Ohlau brick wall? Read "Know Where to Begin Your Genealogical Search" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Ohlau Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Ohlau ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know How do I find my Ohlau family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Ohlau
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Ohlau records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Ohlau family history resource today.
Origins of the Ohlau Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Ohlau last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Ohlau 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.
Ohlau DNA Projects
Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your Ohlau family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Ohlau research?, then this FAQ may help.
Ohlau Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Ohlau 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 "Orphans and Illegitimate Children" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Ohlau family history.
Networking with Ohlau 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 Ohlau 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 Ohlau ancestors.
Ohlau Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Ohlau Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ohlau, 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 Ohlau Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Ohlau 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 Ohlau reunion.