Welcome to the Word 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 Word 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 Word ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Word Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Word family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Word brick wall? Read "Soundex Sorts Out Family Names" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Word Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Word ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Word births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Word
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Word records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Word family history resource today.
Origins of the Word Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Word surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Word 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 Word 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 Word research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
Word Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Word 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 Word family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Word 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Word 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 Word ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with Word Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Word, 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."
Upcoming Word Family Reunions
One key to a successful Word 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Word reunion.