Welcome to the Webdale 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 Webdale 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 Webdale genealogy.
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I. The Webdale Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Webdale family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Webdale brick wall? Read "Soundex Sorts Out Family Names" for some helpful advice.
II. Webdale Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Webdale 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 I locate old newspapers for Webdale research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Webdale records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Webdale family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Webdale Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Webdale 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. Webdale 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 Webdale 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 Webdale research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
V. Webdale Family History
There is more to exploring your Webdale 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 How can I decipher the handwriting in old Webdale documents? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Webdale 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Webdale 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 Webdale ancestors.
VII. Webdale Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Webdale Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Webdale, 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 Webdale Family Reunions
One key to a successful Webdale 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Webdale reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Webdale genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 24/May/2013.
If you host the Webdale blog or web page, please link to this surname-focused resource. Here's the HTML code for a basic link. Simply cut/paste this code on to your page.