Welcome to the Fehn 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 Fehn 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 Fehn genealogy.
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I. The Fehn Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Fehn family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, What records are best for finding my female Fehn ancestor's maiden name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Fehn Ancestors
II. Fehn Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Fehn 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 Fehn research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Fehn
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 Fehn records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Fehn family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Fehn Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Fehn last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Fehn 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.
IV. Fehn DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Fehn 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 Fehn research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Fehn Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Fehn 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 Fehn family history on the Internet? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Fehn Researchers
As genealogy researchers, we are eternally grateful to come upon information shared by others that enlightens our research; and we can reciprocate by paying it forward in responding to message board queries and sharing our own information that others in down the road or in future generations may benefit. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Fehn 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 Fehn ancestors.
VII. Fehn Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Fehn was the 85231st most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Fehn Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Fehn, 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 Fehn Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Fehn family members; you may want to consider a roundtable where you can gather different groups together at different times such as siblings to discuss their parents and childhood memories, cousins, aunts and uncles to discuss the grandparent generation, etc. - the collective memory and stimulus of shared experience can yield considerable information. The article "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Fehn reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Fehn genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 08/Dec/2013.
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