Welcome to the Ouellette 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 Ouellette 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 Ouellette ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Ouellette Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Ouellette family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Ouellette brick wall? Read "Know Where to Begin Your Genealogical Search" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Ouellette Ancestors
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Ouellette ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Digital Books and Microfilm" can help accelerate your Ouellette research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Ouellette
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Ouellette records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Ouellette family history resource today.
Origins of the Ouellette Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Ouellette 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.
Ouellette DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Ouellette 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 Ouellette research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Ouellette 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 Ouellette 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 Ouellette family history.
Networking with Ouellette 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 Ouellette 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 Ouellette ancestors.
Ouellette Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Ouellette was the 1881st most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Ouellette Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ouellette, 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 Ouellette Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Ouellette 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 Ouellette reunion.