Welcome to the Fehner 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 Fehner 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 Fehner genealogy.
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I. The Fehner Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Fehner family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, What records are best for finding my female Fehner ancestor's maiden name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
II. Fehner Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Fehner 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 Fehner 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 Fehner records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Fehner family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Fehner Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Fehner last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Fehner 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. Fehner DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Fehner 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 Fehner research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Fehner Family History
There is more to exploring your Fehner 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 can I find a biography of my Fehner ancestor? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Fehner 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 Fehner 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 Fehner ancestors.
VII. Fehner Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Fehner Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Fehner, 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 Fehner Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Fehner 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 Fehner reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Fehner genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 20/May/2013.
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