Welcome to the Espis 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 Espis 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 Espis genealogy.
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I. The Espis Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Espis 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 Espis are related? and you might be surprised at the answer.
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II. Espis 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 Espis ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find my Espis grandmother's passport?, then read this frequently asked question.
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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 Espis records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Espis family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Espis 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 Espis surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Espis DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Espis 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 Espis research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
V. Espis Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Espis 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 "Faddish First Names" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Espis family history.
VI. Networking with Espis 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 Espis 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 Espis ancestors.
VII. Espis Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Espis Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Espis, 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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IX. Upcoming Espis Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Espis 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 Espis reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Espis genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 11/Dec/2013.
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