Welcome to the Ploegsma 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 Ploegsma 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 Ploegsma ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Ploegsma Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Ploegsma family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Ploegsma brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Ploegsma Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Ploegsma 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 Ploegsma citizens from the past?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Ploegsma
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Ploegsma records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Ploegsma family history resource today.
Origins of the Ploegsma Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Ploegsma last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Ploegsma 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.
Ploegsma 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 Ploegsma 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 Ploegsma research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Ploegsma Family History
There is more to exploring your Ploegsma 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 is the book on my Ploegsma family? is always useful.
Networking with Ploegsma 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 Ploegsma 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 Ploegsma ancestors.
Ploegsma Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Ploegsma Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ploegsma, 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 Ploegsma Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Ploegsma 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 Ploegsma reunion.