Welcome to the Hendray 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 Hendray 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 Hendray genealogy.
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I. The Hendray Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Hendray family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Hendray brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
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II. Hendray Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Hendray 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 Hendray research?, then read this frequently asked question.
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Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Hendray records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Hendray family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Hendray Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Hendray last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Hendray 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. Hendray DNA Projects
Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your Hendray family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Hendray research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
V. Hendray Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Hendray ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Using Social History To Fill In The Gaps In Family Histories" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Hendray family history.
VI. Networking with Hendray 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 Hendray 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 Hendray ancestors.
VII. Hendray Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Hendray Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Hendray, 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 Hendray 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 "Hendray 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 Hendray reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Hendray genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 11/Dec/2013.
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