Welcome to the Murnyak 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 Murnyak 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 Murnyak ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Murnyak Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Murnyak family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Murnyak brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Murnyak Ancestors
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Murnyak ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Digital Books and Microfilm" can help accelerate your Murnyak research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Murnyak
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Murnyak records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Murnyak family history resource today.
Origins of the Murnyak 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 Murnyak surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Murnyak DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Murnyak 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 Murnyak research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Murnyak Family History
There is more to exploring your Murnyak 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. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Estate Records and Files" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Murnyak family history.
Networking with Murnyak Researchers
If you are doing genealogy research in a particular town or region distant from where you live, you may want to consider posting a message board query requesting a lookup; often local volunteers or residents are willing to lend a hand, but remember to be specific in your request and be respectful of others' time. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Murnyak 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 Murnyak ancestors.
Murnyak Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Murnyak Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Murnyak, 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."
Upcoming Murnyak Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Murnyak family history, which provides opportunities to share stories and visit cemeteries or old home sites; you may even want to consider as a one-day activity, having each family take on the task of gathering information from the local courthouse, school district, public library, etc. -- this, of course, requires advance planning and assignment, but could generate considerable interest and results. The article "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Murnyak reunion.