Welcome to the Oby 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 Oby 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 Oby ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Oby Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Oby family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Oby brick wall? Read "Know Where to Begin Your Genealogical Search" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Oby Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Oby 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 find information on Oby ancestors born in the twentieth century?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Oby
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Oby records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Oby family history resource today.
Origins of the Oby Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Oby 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.
Oby DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Oby 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 Oby research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Oby Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Oby ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my Oby family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Oby Researchers
In the course of genealogy research, collaboration is key -- we really cannot do it alone, and one of the great benefits of participating in community message boards is building relationships that not only enlightens our research but strengthens bonds across the miles. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Oby 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 Oby ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with Oby Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Oby, 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 Oby Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Oby family history, which provides opportunities to share stories and visit cemeteries or old home sites; you may even want to consider as a one-day activity, having each family take on the task of gathering information from the local courthouse, school district, public library, etc. -- this, of course, requires advance planning and assignment, but could generate considerable interest and results. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Oby reunion.