Welcome to the Opie 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 Opie 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 Opie ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Opie Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Opie family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Opie brick wall? Read "Know Where to Begin Your Genealogical Search" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Opie 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 Opie 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 Opie ancestors?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Opie
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Opie records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Opie family history resource today.
Origins of the Opie Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Opie last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Opie 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.
Opie 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 Opie family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Opie research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Opie Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Opie 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 Opie family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Opie 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 Opie 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 Opie ancestors.
Opie Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Opie was the 21352nd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Opie Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Opie, 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 Opie Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Opie 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 Opie reunion.