Welcome to the Burnstone 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 Burnstone 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 Burnstone genealogy.
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I. The Burnstone Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Burnstone 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 Burnstone ancestor? and you might be surprised at the answer.
II. Burnstone 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 Burnstone ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Digital Books and Microfilm" can help accelerate your Burnstone research.
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 Burnstone records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Burnstone family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Burnstone Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Burnstone surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Burnstone DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Burnstone 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 Burnstone research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Burnstone Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Burnstone ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Faddish First Names" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Burnstone family history.
VI. Networking with Burnstone 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Burnstone 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 Burnstone ancestors.
VII. Burnstone Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Burnstone Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Burnstone, 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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IX. Upcoming Burnstone 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 Burnstone 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 Burnstone reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Burnstone 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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