Welcome to the Otto 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 Otto 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 Otto ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Otto Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Otto family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Otto brick wall? Read "Know Where to Begin Your Genealogical Search" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Otto 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 Otto ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "All Those Genealogy Charts" can help accelerate your Otto research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Otto
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Otto records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Otto family history resource today.
Origins of the Otto 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 Otto surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Otto DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Otto 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 Otto research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
Otto Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Otto 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 Otto family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Otto 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 Otto 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 Otto ancestors.
Otto Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Otto was the 1713th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Otto Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Otto, 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 Otto Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Otto 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 Otto reunion.