Welcome to the Dubois 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 Dubois 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 Dubois ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Dubois Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Dubois family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do I begin my Dubois family tree? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Dubois Ancestors
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Dubois ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Digital Books and Microfilm" can help accelerate your Dubois research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Dubois
Vital records are essential for family history research because they were typically created at or near the time of the event, making the record more reliable. There are currently matching Dubois records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Dubois family history resource today.
Origins of the Dubois Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Dubois ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Dubois is a common French surname? The article "Finding French - cherchez la famille" 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.
Dubois DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Dubois ancestors were related, it can easily prove if they weren't. Be sure you understand what types of research issues each different DNA test can address before you spend any money. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Dubois research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
Dubois Family History
For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Dubois ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Our Ancestors Paid Taxes" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Dubois family history.
Networking with Dubois Researchers
When it comes families and genealogy research, it's important to remember that different people may have different information: some may even have inherited one-of-a-kind family documents or photos, and the best way to connect with these family members is by posting a message board query -- often in the process of collaboration, you can build a more complete picture of your ancestor or ancestral family. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Dubois 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 Dubois ancestors.
Dubois Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Dubois was the 1248th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Dubois Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Dubois, 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 Dubois Family Reunions
Pedigree charts and family group records are important genealogical tools, so bringing or creating on site a big family pedigree (or family tree) is sure to draw attention; at the same time, have plenty of blank family group sheets available for individual families to complete and submit to go into a "Dubois family record book," which you can then digitize and share -- you can then bring the physical book back to the next reunion, adding new families each time. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Dubois reunion.