Welcome to the Bonnal 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 Bonnal 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 Bonnal ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Bonnal Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Bonnal 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 Bonnal ancestor? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Bonnal Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Bonnal ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Bonnal births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Bonnal
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 Bonnal records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Bonnal family history resource today.
Origins of the Bonnal Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Bonnal last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Bonnal 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 An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names [page 74], the surname BONNAL is defined as Local. The house on the cliff.
Bonnal DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Bonnal 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 Bonnal research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Bonnal Family History
There is more to exploring your Bonnal 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 How can I decipher the handwriting in old Bonnal documents? is always useful.
Networking with Bonnal 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 Bonnal 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 Bonnal ancestors.
Bonnal Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Bonnal Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Bonnal, 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 Bonnal 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 Bonnal 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 Bonnal reunion.