Welcome to the Ploetz 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 Ploetz 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 Ploetz genealogy.
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I. The Ploetz Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Ploetz family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Ploetz brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
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II. Ploetz Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Ploetz 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 Ploetz citizens from the past?, then read this frequently asked question.
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Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Ploetz records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Ploetz family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Ploetz Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Ploetz last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Ploetz 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. Ploetz 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 Ploetz 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 Ploetz research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
V. Ploetz Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Ploetz 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 "Traditions, Traditions, Traditions" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Ploetz family history.
VI. Networking with Ploetz 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 Ploetz 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 Ploetz ancestors.
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VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Ploetz Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ploetz, 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 Ploetz Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Ploetz 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 Ploetz reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Ploetz 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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