Welcome to the Wolf 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 Wolf 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 Wolf genealogy.
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I. The Wolf Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Wolf family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Wolf brick wall? Read "Soundex Sorts Out Family Names" for some helpful advice.
II. Wolf Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Wolf ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Wolf births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Wolf records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Wolf family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Wolf Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Wolf last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Wolf ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Wolf is a common German surname? The article "Tracing Your Roots to Germany" may be helpful for your research. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Wolf 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 Wolf 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 Wolf research, read "When do you use DNA?".
V. Wolf Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Wolf 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 Wolf family history on the Internet? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Wolf 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 Wolf 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 Wolf ancestors.
VII. Wolf Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Wolf was the 524th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Wolf Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Wolf, 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 Wolf Family Reunions
One key to a successful Wolf 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 Wolf reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Wolf genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 19/May/2013.
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