Welcome to the Eaps 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 Eaps 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 Eaps genealogy.
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I. The Eaps Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Eaps family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do you find out if two people named Eaps are related? and you might be surprised at the answer.
II. Eaps Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Eaps 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 city directories be used to help my Eaps research?, then read this frequently asked question.
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 Eaps records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Eaps family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Eaps 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 Eaps surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Eaps DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Eaps relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Eaps research?, then this FAQ may help.
V. Eaps Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Eaps ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my Eaps family history on the Internet? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Eaps Researchers
If you are doing genealogy research in a particular town or region distant from where you live, you may want to consider posting a message board query requesting a lookup; often local volunteers or residents are willing to lend a hand, but remember to be specific in your request and be respectful of others' time. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Eaps 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 Eaps ancestors.
VII. Eaps Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Eaps Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Eaps, 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 Eaps Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Eaps family history, which provides opportunities to share stories and visit cemeteries or old home sites; you may even want to consider as a one-day activity, having each family take on the task of gathering information from the local courthouse, school district, public library, etc. -- this, of course, requires advance planning and assignment, but could generate considerable interest and results. The article "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Eaps reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Eaps genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 25/May/2013.
If you host the Eaps blog or web page, please link to this surname-focused resource. Here's the HTML code for a basic link. Simply cut/paste this code on to your page.