Welcome to the Headland 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 Headland 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 Headland ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Headland Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Headland family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Headland brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Headland Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Headland records. Years ago many people were unable to read and write, thus a given ancestor's name could be spelled in a variety of ways depending on who recorded it. If you want to know How can I locate old newspapers for Headland research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Headland
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Headland records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Headland family history resource today.
Origins of the Headland Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Headland ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Headland 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 Headland 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 Headland research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
Headland 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 Headland 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 "Looking at Our Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Headland family history.
Networking with Headland Researchers
When digging deeper into your ancestor's occupation, a great way to connect with others of a similar interest -- many who might have detailed information, is by posting a message board query giving clear information as to your ancestor's name and the specific occupation or organization, in time and place. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Headland 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 Headland ancestors.
Headland Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Headland was the 72105th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Headland Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Headland, 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 recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.
Upcoming Headland 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 "Headland 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 Headland reunion.