Welcome to the Blinney 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 Blinney 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 Blinney genealogy.
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I. The Blinney Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Blinney 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 Blinney ancestor? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Blinney Ancestors
II. Blinney Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Blinney 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 Blinney citizens from the past?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Blinney
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 Blinney records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Blinney family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Blinney Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Blinney last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Blinney 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.
IV. Blinney DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Blinney 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 Blinney research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Blinney 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 Blinney 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 "The Role Of History In Genealogical Research" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Blinney family history.
VI. Networking with Blinney 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 Blinney 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 Blinney ancestors.
VII. Blinney Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Blinney Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Blinney, 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 Blinney 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 Blinney 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Blinney reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Blinney genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 20/Apr/2014.
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