Welcome to the Foster 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 Foster 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 Foster ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Foster Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Foster family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, What records are best for finding my female Foster ancestor's maiden name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Foster Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Foster ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Foster births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Foster
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 Foster records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Foster family history resource today.
Origins of the Foster 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 Foster surname. Were you aware that Foster 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.
Foster DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Foster relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Foster research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Foster Family History
There is more to exploring your Foster 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 Where can I find a biography of my Foster ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Foster Researchers
As genealogy researchers, we are eternally grateful to come upon information shared by others that enlightens our research; and we can reciprocate by paying it forward in responding to message board queries and sharing our own information that others in down the road or in future generations may benefit. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Foster 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 Foster ancestors.
Foster Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Foster was the 93rd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Foster Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Foster, 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 Foster Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Foster family members; you may want to consider a roundtable where you can gather different groups together at different times such as siblings to discuss their parents and childhood memories, cousins, aunts and uncles to discuss the grandparent generation, etc. - the collective memory and stimulus of shared experience can yield considerable information. The article "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Foster reunion.