Welcome to the Gen 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 Gen 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 Gen ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Gen Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Gen 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 Gen family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Gen Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Gen 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 Gen research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Gen
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 Gen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Gen family history resource today.
Origins of the Gen Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Gen last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Gen 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.
Gen DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Gen 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 Gen research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Gen Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Gen 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 Gen family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Gen 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 Gen 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 Gen ancestors.
Gen Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Gen Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Gen, 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 Gen 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 "Gen 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 Gen reunion.