Welcome to the Phillus 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 Phillus 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 Phillus ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Phillus Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Phillus family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Phillus brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Phillus Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Phillus ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know How do I find my Phillus family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Phillus
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Phillus records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Phillus family history resource today.
Origins of the Phillus Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Phillus last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Phillus ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Phillus DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Phillus 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 Phillus research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Phillus Family History
For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Phillus ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Looking at Our Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Phillus family history.
Networking with Phillus Researchers
When digging deeper into your ancestor's occupation, a great way to connect with others of a similar interest -- many who might have detailed information, is by posting a message board query giving clear information as to your ancestor's name and the specific occupation or organization, in time and place. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Phillus 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 Phillus ancestors.
Phillus Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Phillus Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Phillus, 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 Phillus Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Phillus 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Phillus reunion.