The Opal Genealogy and Family Tree Page

Welcome to the Opal 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 Opal 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 Opal ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!

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The Opal Family Tree

Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Opal family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Opal brick wall? Read "Know Where to Begin Your Genealogical Search" for some helpful advice.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Opal Ancestors

Opal Genealogy

Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Opal ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Where can I find naturalization records for my Opal ancestors?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Opal

Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently count of matching Opal records matching Opal records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Opal family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Opal Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Opal 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.

Opal DNA Projects

While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Opal 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 Opal research, read "When do you use DNA?".

Opal Family History

Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Opal 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 Opal family history on the Internet? is always useful.

Photo Collections

Networking with Opal 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 Opal 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 Opal ancestors.

Opal Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Opal was the 39686th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

Web Sites & Blogs with Opal Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Opal, 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."

RootsWeb search of US Naturalization Records
RootsWeb search of Obituary Daily Times
RootsWeb search of Social Security Death Index

To recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.

Upcoming Opal Family Reunions

Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Opal 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 Opal reunion.

See Also

Obal   Opol   Opa   Pal  

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Surname Finder, The Opal Genealogy and Family Tree Page [on-line resource], New Providence, NJ, USA: Genealogy Today LLC, 2014.

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