Welcome to the Houwerzyl 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 Houwerzyl 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 Houwerzyl ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Houwerzyl Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Houwerzyl family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Houwerzyl brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Houwerzyl Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Houwerzyl ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Houwerzyl births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Houwerzyl
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Houwerzyl records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Houwerzyl family history resource today.
Origins of the Houwerzyl 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 Houwerzyl surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Houwerzyl DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Houwerzyl 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 Houwerzyl research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Houwerzyl Family History
There is more to exploring your Houwerzyl 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 Houwerzyl ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Houwerzyl 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Houwerzyl 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 Houwerzyl ancestors.
Houwerzyl Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Houwerzyl Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Houwerzyl, 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 Houwerzyl 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 "Houwerzyl 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Houwerzyl reunion.