Welcome to the Woods 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 Woods 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 Woods genealogy.
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I. The Woods Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Woods family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Woods brick wall? Read "Soundex Sorts Out Family Names" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Woods Ancestors
II. Woods Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Woods ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Woods births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Woods
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Woods records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Woods family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Woods Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Woods last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Woods ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Woods is considered a very common surname, which offers its own set of challenges? The article "Researching Common Names" 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. Woods 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 Woods 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 Woods research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
V. Woods Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Woods 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 Woods family history.
VI. Networking with Woods 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 Woods 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 Woods ancestors.
VII. Woods Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Woods was the 107th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Woods Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Woods, 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 Woods Family Reunions
One key to a successful Woods 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Woods reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Woods 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/Apr/2014.
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