Welcome to the Harpan 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 Harpan 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 Harpan genealogy.
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I. The Harpan Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Harpan family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Harpan brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
II. Harpan Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Harpan 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 Harpan research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Harpan records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Harpan family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Harpan Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Harpan surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Harpan DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Harpan 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 Harpan research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
V. Harpan Family History
There is more to exploring your Harpan 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 How can I decipher the handwriting in old Harpan documents? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Harpan Researchers
When digging deeper into your ancestor's occupation, a great way to connect with others of a similar interest -- many who might have detailed information, is by posting a message board query giving clear information as to your ancestor's name and the specific occupation or organization, in time and place. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Harpan 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 Harpan ancestors.
VII. Harpan Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Harpan Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Harpan, 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 Harpan 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 "Harpan 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 Harpan reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Harpan genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 19/May/2013.
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