Welcome to the Heinl 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 Heinl 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 Heinl genealogy.
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I. The Heinl Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Heinl family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Heinl brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Heinl Ancestors
II. Heinl Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Heinl 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 Heinl research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Heinl
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Heinl records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Heinl family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Heinl Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Heinl last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Heinl 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. Heinl DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Heinl ancestors were related, it can easily prove if they weren't. Be sure you understand what types of research issues each different DNA test can address before you spend any money. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Heinl research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Heinl 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 Heinl 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 "Looking at Our Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Heinl family history.
VI. Networking with Heinl 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Heinl 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 Heinl ancestors.
VII. Heinl Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Heinl was the 40507th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Heinl Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Heinl, 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 Heinl 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 "Heinl 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Heinl reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Heinl genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 24/Apr/2014.
If you host the Heinl blog or web page, please link to this surname-focused resource. Here's the HTML code for a basic link. Simply cut/paste this code on to your page.