Welcome to the Deforneau 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 Deforneau 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 Deforneau ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Deforneau Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Deforneau family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do I begin my Deforneau family tree? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Deforneau Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Deforneau records. Years ago many people were unable to read and write, thus a given ancestor's name could be spelled in a variety of ways depending on who recorded it. If you want to know How can I locate old newspapers for Deforneau research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Deforneau
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 Deforneau records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Deforneau family history resource today.
Origins of the Deforneau Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Deforneau 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.
Deforneau DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Deforneau 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 Deforneau research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
Deforneau Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Deforneau 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 "Using Social History To Fill In The Gaps In Family Histories" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Deforneau family history.
Networking with Deforneau Researchers
When it comes families and genealogy research, it's important to remember that different people may have different information: some may even have inherited one-of-a-kind family documents or photos, and the best way to connect with these family members is by posting a message board query -- often in the process of collaboration, you can build a more complete picture of your ancestor or ancestral family. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Deforneau 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 Deforneau ancestors.
Deforneau Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Deforneau Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Deforneau, 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 Deforneau Family Reunions
Pedigree charts and family group records are important genealogical tools, so bringing or creating on site a big family pedigree (or family tree) is sure to draw attention; at the same time, have plenty of blank family group sheets available for individual families to complete and submit to go into a "Deforneau family record book," which you can then digitize and share -- you can then bring the physical book back to the next reunion, adding new families each time. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Deforneau reunion.