Welcome to the Ursa 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 Ursa 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 Ursa genealogy.
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I. The Ursa Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Ursa family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Ursa brick wall? Read "Passenger Arrival Lists Can Help Find Information About Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
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II. Ursa Genealogy
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Ursa ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Ursa my ancestor in the SSDI?, 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 Ursa records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Ursa family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Ursa 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 Ursa surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Ursa 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 Ursa family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Ursa research?, then this FAQ may help.
V. Ursa Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Ursa ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my Ursa family history on the Internet? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Ursa Researchers
If you are doing genealogy research in a particular town or region distant from where you live, you may want to consider posting a message board query requesting a lookup; often local volunteers or residents are willing to lend a hand, but remember to be specific in your request and be respectful of others' time. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Ursa 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 Ursa ancestors.
VII. Ursa Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Ursa Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ursa, 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 Ursa Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Ursa 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Ursa reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Ursa genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 04/Dec/2013.
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