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The Owens Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Owens 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 Owens 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 Owens genealogy.

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I. The Owens Family Tree

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

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Owens Ancestors

II. Owens 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 Owens ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Prepared Researching" can help accelerate your Owens research.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Owens

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

Death Records

Military Records

III. Origins of the Owens Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Owens ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Owens 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.

IV. Owens DNA Projects

While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Owens 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 Owens research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".

V. Owens Family History

Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Owens 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 "Faddish First Names" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Owens family history.

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with Owens 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Owens 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 Owens ancestors.

VII. Owens Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Owens was the 111th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Owens Research

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

Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Owens 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Owens reunion.

 

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