Welcome to the Lanai 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 Lanai 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 Lanai ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Lanai Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Lanai family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Lanai brick wall? Read "Efficient and Effective Research Tips" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Lanai Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Lanai 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 Lanai research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Lanai
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Lanai records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Lanai family history resource today.
Origins of the Lanai Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Lanai last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Lanai 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.
Lanai 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 Lanai family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Lanai research?, then this FAQ may help.
Lanai 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 Lanai 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 "Our Ancestors Paid Taxes" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Lanai family history.
Networking with Lanai Researchers
When it comes families and genealogy research, it's important to remember that different people may have different information: some may even have inherited one-of-a-kind family documents or photos, and the best way to connect with these family members is by posting a message board query -- often in the process of collaboration, you can build a more complete picture of your ancestor or ancestral family. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Lanai 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 Lanai ancestors.
Lanai Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Lanai Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Lanai, 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 Lanai 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 "Lanai 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 Lanai reunion.