Welcome to the Denny 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 Denny 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 Denny ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Denny Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Denny family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do I begin my Denny family tree? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Denny Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Denny 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 Denny research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Denny
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 Denny records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Denny family history resource today.
Origins of the Denny Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Denny last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Denny 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.
Denny DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Denny 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 Denny research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Denny Family History
There is more to exploring your Denny 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. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Estate Records and Files" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Denny family history.
Networking with Denny 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Denny 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 Denny ancestors.
Denny Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Denny was the 1886th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Denny Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Denny, 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."
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 Denny 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 "Denny 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Denny reunion.