The Bryn Genealogy and Family Tree Page

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

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The Bryn Family Tree

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

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Bryn Ancestors

Bryn 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 Bryn ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Bryn my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Bryn

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

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Bryn Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Bryn 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.

According to An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names [page 83], the surname BRYN is defined as A mountain; a mountaineer.

Bryn DNA Projects

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

Bryn Family History

Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Bryn ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my Bryn family history on the Internet? is always useful.

Photo Collections

Networking with Bryn 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 Bryn 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 Bryn ancestors.

Bryn Achievements & Celebrities

Web Sites & Blogs with Bryn Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Bryn, 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."

RootsWeb search of US Naturalization Records
RootsWeb search of Obituary Daily Times
RootsWeb search of Social Security Death Index

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Upcoming Bryn 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 Bryn 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 Bryn reunion.

See Also

Pryn   Brym   Brin   Bryne   Bryni   Bry   O'Bryn   Ryn  

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Surname Finder, The Bryn Genealogy and Family Tree Page [on-line resource], New Providence, NJ, USA: Genealogy Today LLC, 2019.

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