Welcome to the Ploegstra 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 Ploegstra 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 Ploegstra genealogy.
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I. The Ploegstra Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Ploegstra family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Ploegstra brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Ploegstra Ancestors
II. Ploegstra Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Ploegstra 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 Ploegstra citizens from the past?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Ploegstra
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Ploegstra records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Ploegstra family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Ploegstra Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Ploegstra last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Ploegstra 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.
IV. Ploegstra 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 Ploegstra 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 Ploegstra research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
V. Ploegstra Family History
There is more to exploring your Ploegstra 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 Ploegstra family? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Ploegstra 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 Ploegstra 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 Ploegstra ancestors.
VII. Ploegstra Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Ploegstra Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ploegstra, 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."
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 Ploegstra Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Ploegstra 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 Ploegstra reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Ploegstra genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 12/Dec/2013.
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