Welcome to the Oster 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 Oster 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 Oster ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Oster Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Oster family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Oster brick wall? Read "Know Where to Begin Your Genealogical Search" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Oster 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 Oster ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find my Oster grandmother's passport?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Oster
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Oster records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Oster family history resource today.
Origins of the Oster 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 Oster surname. Were you aware that Oster is a common German surname? The article "Tracing Your Roots to Germany" 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.
Oster 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 Oster 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 Oster research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Oster Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Oster ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Using Social History To Fill In The Gaps In Family Histories" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Oster family history.
Networking with Oster 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 Oster 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 Oster ancestors.
Oster Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Oster was the 5700th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Oster Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Oster, 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 Oster Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Oster 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 Oster reunion.