Welcome to the Ploharz 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 Ploharz 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 Ploharz ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Ploharz Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Ploharz family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Ploharz brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Ploharz Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Ploharz 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 Ploharz citizens from the past?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Ploharz
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Ploharz records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Ploharz family history resource today.
Origins of the Ploharz Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Ploharz last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Ploharz 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.
Ploharz DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Ploharz 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 Ploharz research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Ploharz Family History
There is more to exploring your Ploharz 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 How can I decipher the handwriting in old Ploharz documents? is always useful.
Networking with Ploharz 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 Ploharz 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 Ploharz ancestors.
Ploharz Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Ploharz Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ploharz, 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 Ploharz Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Ploharz 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 Ploharz reunion.