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The Blavis Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Blavis 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 Blavis 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 Blavis genealogy.

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I. The Blavis Family Tree

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

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Blavis Ancestors

II. Blavis Genealogy

Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Blavis ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know What information is given in U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules about Blavis citizens from the past?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Blavis

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 Blavis records matching Blavis records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Blavis family history resource today.

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III. Origins of the Blavis Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Blavis 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. Blavis DNA Projects

DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Blavis 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 Blavis research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".

V. Blavis 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 Blavis 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 "Our Ancestors Paid Taxes" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Blavis family history.

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with Blavis 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 Blavis 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 Blavis ancestors.

VII. Blavis Achievements & Celebrities

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Blavis Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Blavis, 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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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 Blavis 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 Blavis 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 Blavis reunion.

 

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