Welcome to the Harpelund 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 Harpelund 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 Harpelund genealogy.
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I. The Harpelund Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Harpelund family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Harpelund brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
II. Harpelund Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Harpelund 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 Harpelund research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Harpelund records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Harpelund family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Harpelund 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 Harpelund surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Harpelund DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Harpelund 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 Harpelund research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
V. Harpelund Family History
There is more to exploring your Harpelund 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 Harpelund ancestor? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Harpelund 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 Harpelund 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 Harpelund ancestors.
VII. Harpelund Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Harpelund Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Harpelund, 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 Harpelund 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 "Harpelund 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 Harpelund reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Harpelund genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 21/May/2013.
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