Welcome to the Oohnston 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 Oohnston 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 Oohnston ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Oohnston Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Oohnston family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Oohnston brick wall? Read "Know Where to Begin Your Genealogical Search" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Oohnston Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Oohnston ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Oohnston births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Oohnston
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Oohnston records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Oohnston family history resource today.
Origins of the Oohnston Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Oohnston last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Oohnston 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.
Oohnston DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Oohnston 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 Oohnston research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Oohnston Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Oohnston 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 "Faddish First Names" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Oohnston family history.
Networking with Oohnston 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 Oohnston 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 Oohnston ancestors.
Oohnston Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Oohnston Research
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Upcoming Oohnston Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Oohnston 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 Oohnston reunion.