Welcome to the Powel 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 Powel 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 Powel ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Powel Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Powel family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Powel brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Powel Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Powel ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Powel births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Powel
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Powel records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Powel family history resource today.
Origins of the Powel Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Powel surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Powel 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 Powel 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 Powel research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Powel Family History
For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Powel ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Looking at Our Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Powel family history.
Networking with Powel 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Powel 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 Powel ancestors.
Powel Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Powel was the 21979th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Powel Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Powel, 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."
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Upcoming Powel Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Powel 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 Powel reunion.