Welcome to the Waits 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 Waits 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 Waits ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Waits Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Waits family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Waits brick wall? Read "Soundex Sorts Out Family Names" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Waits Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Waits records. Years ago many people were unable to read and write, thus a given ancestor's name could be spelled in a variety of ways depending on who recorded it. If you want to know How can city directories be used to help my Waits research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Waits
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Waits records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Waits family history resource today.
Origins of the Waits Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Waits last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Waits 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.
Waits DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Waits 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 Waits research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Waits Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Waits ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Faddish First Names" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Waits family history.
Networking with Waits Researchers
In the course of genealogy research, collaboration is key -- we really cannot do it alone, and one of the great benefits of participating in community message boards is building relationships that not only enlightens our research but strengthens bonds across the miles. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Waits 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 Waits ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with Waits Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Waits, 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 Waits Family Reunions
One key to a successful Waits 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 Waits reunion.