Welcome to the Skidgell 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 Skidgell 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 Skidgell ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Skidgell Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Skidgell family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Skidgell brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Skidgell Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Skidgell ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know What are the best records before birth and death registration was required to locate Skidgell ancestors?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Skidgell
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Skidgell records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Skidgell family history resource today.
Origins of the Skidgell Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Skidgell last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Skidgell 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.
Skidgell 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 Skidgell 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 Skidgell research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
Skidgell Family History
There is more to exploring your Skidgell 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 Skidgell family? is always useful.
Networking with Skidgell Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Skidgell surname, posting a message query can help you connect with distant cousins and others who may be working on the same lines, some of whom may have advanced the research or solved some of the hard problems, but are willing to share. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Skidgell 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 Skidgell ancestors.
Skidgell Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Skidgell Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Skidgell, 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 Skidgell Family Reunions
One key to a successful Skidgell reunion is preparation, and for the family researcher that means getting the word out in advance on what to bring (such as the family photo collection); arranging for the display of shared information; and planning activities conducive to sharing; and one of the best ways to get others to participate is in bringing something of your own to share such a picture pedigree, compiled family history or biographical sketch, or even a copies of a treasured photo as a gift for each family -- you may even want to consider putting together a reunion newsletter in advance to be distributed at the reunion, asking for help in solving one or more specific family mysteries: you never know who might have insight they are willing to share, one-on-one. The article "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Skidgell reunion.