Welcome to the Bearlen 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 Bearlen 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 Bearlen genealogy.
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I. The Bearlen Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Bearlen family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I find the second married name of a female Bearlen ancestor? and you might be surprised at the answer.
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II. Bearlen Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Bearlen 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 locate old newspapers for Bearlen research?, then read this frequently asked question.
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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 Bearlen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Bearlen family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Bearlen Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Bearlen 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. Bearlen DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Bearlen 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 Bearlen research, read "When do you use DNA?".
V. Bearlen 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 Bearlen 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 Bearlen family history.
VI. Networking with Bearlen Researchers
When you've come up against a brick wall in your genealogy research, posting a message board query can help; one of the biggest benefits is that message board queries are accessed through search engines, which means even someone not specifically engaged in genealogy but interested in your subject may find your query and bring valuable new information to the table -- it happens! The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Bearlen 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 Bearlen ancestors.
VII. Bearlen Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Bearlen Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Bearlen, 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 Bearlen Family Reunions
Notifying everyone in advance to bring old photos and documents can bring big rewards, making a special place at the reunion (maybe even a special Bearlen booth) where people can come at their leisure to sit, look and chat; in addition to information and clues that might be written on the back of a photo, every photograph has a story and serves as an excellent stimulus to recall -- people might comment not only on the people in the photo, but also on what's in the background, or they might have information around where the photo was taken or the event -- just be sure to have someone there to capture new information. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Bearlen reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Bearlen genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 10/Mar/2014.
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