Welcome to the Vandootingh 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 Vandootingh 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 Vandootingh ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Vandootingh Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Vandootingh family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do I begin my Vandootingh family tree? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Vandootingh Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Vandootingh ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Vandootingh births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Vandootingh
Vital records are essential for family history research because they were typically created at or near the time of the event, making the record more reliable. There are currently matching Vandootingh records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Vandootingh family history resource today.
Origins of the Vandootingh Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Vandootingh last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Vandootingh 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.
Vandootingh DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Vandootingh 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 Vandootingh research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Vandootingh 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 Vandootingh 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 "Our Ancestors Paid Taxes" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Vandootingh family history.
Networking with Vandootingh Researchers
When it comes families and genealogy research, it's important to remember that different people may have different information: some may even have inherited one-of-a-kind family documents or photos, and the best way to connect with these family members is by posting a message board query -- often in the process of collaboration, you can build a more complete picture of your ancestor or ancestral family. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Vandootingh 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 Vandootingh ancestors.
Vandootingh Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Vandootingh Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Vandootingh, 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 Vandootingh Family Reunions
Pedigree charts and family group records are important genealogical tools, so bringing or creating on site a big family pedigree (or family tree) is sure to draw attention; at the same time, have plenty of blank family group sheets available for individual families to complete and submit to go into a "Vandootingh family record book," which you can then digitize and share -- you can then bring the physical book back to the next reunion, adding new families each time. The article "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Vandootingh reunion.