Welcome to the Opel 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 Opel 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 Opel ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Opel Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Opel family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Opel brick wall? Read "Know Where to Begin Your Genealogical Search" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Opel Ancestors
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 Opel 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 Opel ancestors?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Opel
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Opel records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Opel family history resource today.
Origins of the Opel Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Opel 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.
Opel DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Opel 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 Opel research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Opel Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Opel 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 Opel family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Opel 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 Opel 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 Opel ancestors.
Opel Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Opel was the 29887th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Opel Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Opel, 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."
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Upcoming Opel Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Opel 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 Opel reunion.