Welcome to the Heap 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 Heap 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 Heap ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Heap Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Heap family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Heap brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Heap Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Heap 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 Heap research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Heap
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Heap records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Heap family history resource today.
Origins of the Heap Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Heap ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Heap DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Heap 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 Heap research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
Heap Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Heap 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 Heap family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Heap 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Heap 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 Heap ancestors.
Heap Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Heap was the 16508th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Heap Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Heap, 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 recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.
Upcoming Heap 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 "Heap 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Heap reunion.