Welcome to the Ute 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 Ute 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 Ute genealogy.
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I. The Ute Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Ute family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Ute brick wall? Read "Passenger Arrival Lists Can Help Find Information About Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Ute Ancestors
II. Ute 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 Ute ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "All Those Genealogy Charts" can help accelerate your Ute research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Ute
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Ute records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Ute family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Ute Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Ute ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Ute DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Ute relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Ute research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
V. Ute Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Ute 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 Ute family history on the Internet? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Ute 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Ute 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 Ute ancestors.
VII. Ute Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Ute Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ute, 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 Ute Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Ute 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Ute reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Ute genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 11/Dec/2013.
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