Welcome to the Ortday surname checklist page.

The Ortday Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Ortday 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 Ortday 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 Ortday genealogy.

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I. The Ortday Family Tree

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

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Ortday Ancestors

II. Ortday 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 Ortday ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Ortday my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Ortday

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

Death Records

Military Records

III. Origins of the Ortday 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 Ortday surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.

IV. Ortday 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 Ortday 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 Ortday research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".

V. Ortday Family History

There is more to exploring your Ortday 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 How can I decipher the handwriting in old Ortday documents? is always useful.

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with Ortday 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 Ortday 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 Ortday ancestors.

VII. Ortday Achievements & Celebrities

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Ortday Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ortday, 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 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 Ortday Family Reunions

Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Ortday 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Ortday reunion.

 

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