Welcome to the Gank 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 Gank 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 Gank ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Gank Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Gank family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, Where do I go to find birth, marriage, and death records for Gank family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Gank Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Gank 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 Gank research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Gank
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 Gank records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Gank family history resource today.
Origins of the Gank Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Gank last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Gank 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.
Gank DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Gank 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 Gank research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Gank Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Gank 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 Gank family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Gank Researchers
In the course of genealogy research, collaboration is key -- we really cannot do it alone, and one of the great benefits of participating in community message boards is building relationships that not only enlightens our research but strengthens bonds across the miles. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Gank 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 Gank ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with Gank Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Gank, 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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Upcoming Gank 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 "Gank 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 Gank reunion.