The Brennan Genealogy and Family Tree Page

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

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The Brennan Family Tree

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

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Brennan Ancestors

Brennan Genealogy

Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Brennan ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Brennan my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Brennan

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

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Brennan Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Brennan ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Brennan is a common Irish surname? The article "The Luck of the Irish Research" may be helpful for your research. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.

Brennan DNA Projects

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

Brennan 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 Brennan 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 Brennan family history.

Photo Collections

Networking with Brennan 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 Brennan 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 Brennan ancestors.

Brennan Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Brennan was the 744th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

Web Sites & Blogs with Brennan Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Brennan, 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 recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.

Upcoming Brennan 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 Brennan 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 Brennan reunion.

See Also

Brenan   Brinnan   Brennon   Brenna   O'Brennan  

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Surname Finder, The Brennan Genealogy and Family Tree Page [on-line resource], New Providence, NJ, USA: Genealogy Today LLC, 2014.

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