Welcome to the Orso 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 Orso 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 Orso genealogy.
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I. The Orso Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Orso family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Orso brick wall? Read "Know Where to Begin Your Genealogical Search" for some helpful advice.
II. Orso 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 Orso ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Orso my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Orso records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Orso family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Orso Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Orso surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Orso DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Orso 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 Orso research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
V. Orso Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Orso 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 Orso family history on the Internet? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Orso 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Orso 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 Orso ancestors.
VII. Orso Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Orso was the 19515th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Orso Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Orso, 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 Orso Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Orso 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Orso reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Orso genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 23/May/2013.
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