Welcome to the Dunagan 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 Dunagan 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 Dunagan ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Dunagan Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Dunagan family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do I begin my Dunagan family tree? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Dunagan Ancestors
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 Dunagan 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 Dunagan research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Dunagan
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 Dunagan records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Dunagan family history resource today.
Origins of the Dunagan Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Dunagan last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Dunagan 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.
Dunagan 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 Dunagan family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Dunagan research?, then this FAQ may help.
Dunagan Family History
There is more to exploring your Dunagan 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 Where is the book on my Dunagan family? is always useful.
Networking with Dunagan 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 Dunagan 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 Dunagan ancestors.
Dunagan Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Dunagan was the 7096th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Dunagan Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Dunagan, 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 Dunagan 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 "Dunagan 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 Dunagan reunion.