Welcome to the Ortiz 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 Ortiz 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 Ortiz ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Ortiz Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Ortiz family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Ortiz brick wall? Read "Know Where to Begin Your Genealogical Search" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Ortiz 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 Ortiz ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Ortiz my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Ortiz
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Ortiz records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Ortiz family history resource today.
Origins of the Ortiz 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 Ortiz surname. Were you aware that Ortiz is considered a very common surname, which offers its own set of challenges? The article "Researching Common Names" may be helpful for your research. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Ortiz DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Ortiz 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 Ortiz research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
Ortiz Family History
There is more to exploring your Ortiz 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. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Finding Probate Records" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Ortiz family history.
Networking with Ortiz 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 Ortiz 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 Ortiz ancestors.
Ortiz Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Ortiz was the 120th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Ortiz Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ortiz, 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."
Upcoming Ortiz Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Ortiz 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 Ortiz reunion.