The Benn Genealogy and Family Tree Page

Welcome to the Benn 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 Benn 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 Benn ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!

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The Benn Family Tree

It is important to remember that there is no single Benn 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 Benn ancestor? and you might be surprised at the answer.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Benn Ancestors

Benn Genealogy

Keep an open mind when searching through Benn 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 Benn research?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Benn

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 count of matching Benn records matching Benn records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Benn family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Benn Surname

It is quite possible for two people with the Benn last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Benn ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.

According to British Family Names: Their Origin and Meaning [page 93], the surname BENN is defined as Dimin. of Benedict. Hugt n., Lond. 1688

Benn DNA Projects

While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Benn 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 Benn research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".

Benn Family History

Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Benn 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 Benn family history on the Internet? is always useful.

Photo Collections

Networking with Benn 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Benn 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 Benn ancestors.

Benn Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Benn was the 6194th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

Web Sites & Blogs with Benn Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Benn, 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 Benn 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 Benn 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Benn reunion.

See Also

Ben   Penn   Bemm   Binn   Bonn   Benna   Benne   Benni   Benno   Bennu   Benny   Ben   McBenn   Enn  

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