Welcome to the Avenhaus Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Avenhaus surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Avenhaus genealogy.
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I. The Avenhaus Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Avenhaus family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I distinguish my Avenhaus ancestor from others of the same name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
II. Avenhaus Genealogy
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 Avenhaus ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Finding Ancestors in County Court Minutes" can help accelerate your Avenhaus research.
Vital records are essential for family history research because they were typically created at or near the time of the event, making the record more reliable. There are currently matching Avenhaus records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Avenhaus family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Avenhaus Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Avenhaus 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.
IV. Avenhaus DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Avenhaus 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 Avenhaus research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Avenhaus 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 Avenhaus 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 "Researching Criminal Records" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Avenhaus family history.
VI. Networking with Avenhaus Researchers
One of the best ways to solve a genealogy problem is by enlisting the help of others through a message board query that is open to the public, allowing you to cast a wide net that can be accessed by anyone, around the world and around the clock --- at the same time, because it is a public forum, you will want to exercise caution in posting personal information or information about living persons. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Avenhaus 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 Avenhaus ancestors.
VII. Avenhaus Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Avenhaus Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Avenhaus, 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 have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.
IX. Upcoming Avenhaus Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Avenhaus family members; you may want to consider a roundtable where you can gather different groups together at different times such as siblings to discuss their parents and childhood memories, cousins, aunts and uncles to discuss the grandparent generation, etc. - the collective memory and stimulus of shared experience can yield considerable information. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Avenhaus reunion.
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