Welcome to the Opalek Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Opalek surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Opalek genealogy.
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I. The Opalek Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Opalek family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Opalek brick wall? Read "Know Where to Begin Your Genealogical Search" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Opalek Ancestors
II. Opalek 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 Opalek 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 Opalek ancestors?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Opalek
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Opalek records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Opalek family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Opalek Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Opalek 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.
IV. Opalek DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Opalek 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 Opalek research, read "When do you use DNA?".
V. Opalek Family History
There is more to exploring your Opalek ancestry than just gathering a bunch of names and dates. Understanding where your ancestors lived, how they were employed, and what they did for fun, may give you a better appreciation of your heritage. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing Where can I find a biography of my Opalek ancestor? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Opalek 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 Opalek 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 Opalek ancestors.
VII. Opalek Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Opalek Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Opalek, 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."
To have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.
IX. Upcoming Opalek Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Opalek 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 Opalek reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Opalek genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 20/Jun/2013.
If you host the Opalek blog or web page, please link to this surname-focused resource. Here's the HTML code for a basic link. Simply cut/paste this code on to your page.