Welcome to the O Banion 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 O Banion 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 O Banion genealogy.
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I. The O Banion Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the O Banion family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a O Banion brick wall? Read "Know Where to Begin Your Genealogical Search" for some helpful advice.
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II. O Banion Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through O Banion 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 find information on O Banion ancestors born in the twentieth century?, 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 O Banion records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online O Banion family history resource today.
III. Origins of the O Banion Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your O Banion 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.
IV. O Banion DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two O Banion 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 O Banion research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. O Banion 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 O Banion 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 O Banion family history.
VI. Networking with O Banion Researchers
In the course of genealogy research, collaboration is key -- we really cannot do it alone, and one of the great benefits of participating in community message boards is building relationships that not only enlightens our research but strengthens bonds across the miles. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful O Banion 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 O Banion ancestors.
VII. O Banion Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with O Banion Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of O Banion, 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."
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IX. Upcoming O Banion Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong O Banion 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful O Banion reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the O Banion genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 08/Dec/2013.
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