Welcome to the Hightowd 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 Hightowd 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 Hightowd ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Hightowd Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Hightowd family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Hightowd brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Hightowd Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Hightowd ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Hightowd ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Hightowd
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Hightowd records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Hightowd family history resource today.
Origins of the Hightowd Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Hightowd 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.
Hightowd DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Hightowd 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 Hightowd research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Hightowd Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Hightowd 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 "Traditions, Traditions, Traditions" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Hightowd family history.
Networking with Hightowd 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 Hightowd 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 Hightowd ancestors.
Hightowd Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Hightowd Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Hightowd, 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 Hightowd 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 "Hightowd 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 Hightowd reunion.