Welcome to the Dugean 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 Dugean 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 Dugean genealogy.
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I. The Dugean Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Dugean family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do I begin my Dugean family tree? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Dugean Ancestors
II. Dugean 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 Dugean 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 Dugean research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Dugean
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 Dugean records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Dugean family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Dugean Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Dugean 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.
IV. Dugean DNA Projects
Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your Dugean family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Dugean research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
V. Dugean Family History
There is more to exploring your Dugean 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. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How can I decipher the handwriting in old Dugean documents? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Dugean 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 Dugean 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 Dugean ancestors.
VII. Dugean Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Dugean Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Dugean, 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 have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.
IX. Upcoming Dugean 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 "Dugean 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 Dugean reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Dugean genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 18/Jun/2013.
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