Welcome to the Boalen 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 Boalen 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 Boalen genealogy.
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I. The Boalen Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Boalen 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 Boalen ancestor? and you might be surprised at the answer.
II. Boalen Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Boalen ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Boalen births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
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 Boalen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Boalen family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Boalen Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Boalen 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. Boalen DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Boalen 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 Boalen research, read "When do you use DNA?".
V. Boalen Family History
There is more to exploring your Boalen ancestry than just gathering a bunch of names and dates. Understanding where your ancestors lived, how they were employed, and what they did for fun, may give you a better appreciation of your heritage. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing Where can I find a biography of my Boalen ancestor? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Boalen 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 Boalen 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 Boalen ancestors.
VII. Boalen Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Boalen Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Boalen, 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 Boalen 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 Boalen 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 Boalen reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Boalen genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 23/May/2013.
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