Welcome to the Ganung 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 Ganung 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 Ganung genealogy.
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I. The Ganung Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Ganung 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 Ganung family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.
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II. Ganung Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Ganung 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 Ganung research?, 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 Ganung records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Ganung family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Ganung Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Ganung last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Ganung 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. Ganung DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Ganung 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're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Ganung research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
V. Ganung Family History
For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Ganung ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "The Role Of History In Genealogical Research" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Ganung family history.
VI. Networking with Ganung 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 Ganung 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 Ganung ancestors.
VII. Ganung Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Ganung Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ganung, 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 Ganung 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 "Ganung 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 Ganung reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Ganung genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 06/Dec/2013.
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