Welcome to the Playford 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 Playford 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 Playford ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Playford Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Playford family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Playford brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Playford Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Playford ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know What information is given in U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules about Playford citizens from the past?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Playford
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Playford records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Playford family history resource today.
Origins of the Playford Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Playford ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Playford 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 Playford family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Playford research?, then this FAQ may help.
Playford Family History
There is more to exploring your Playford 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. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing Where can I find prisoner information for my Playford black sheep ancestors? is always useful.
Networking with Playford 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Playford 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 Playford ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with Playford Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Playford, 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 Playford Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Playford 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 Playford reunion.