Welcome to the Hoffmaister 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 Hoffmaister 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 Hoffmaister ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Hoffmaister Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Hoffmaister family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Hoffmaister brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Hoffmaister Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Hoffmaister ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Hoffmaister births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Hoffmaister
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Hoffmaister records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Hoffmaister family history resource today.
Origins of the Hoffmaister Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Hoffmaister 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.
Hoffmaister 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 Hoffmaister 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 Hoffmaister research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Hoffmaister 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 Hoffmaister 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 "Dealing With Those Pesky Family Legends" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Hoffmaister family history.
Networking with Hoffmaister 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 Hoffmaister 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 Hoffmaister ancestors.
Hoffmaister Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Hoffmaister Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Hoffmaister, 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 Hoffmaister 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 "Hoffmaister 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 Hoffmaister reunion.