Welcome to the Pais 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 Pais 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 Pais ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Pais Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Pais family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Pais brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Pais Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Pais 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 Pais research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Pais
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Pais records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Pais family history resource today.
Origins of the Pais Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Pais last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Pais 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.
Pais DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Pais relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Pais research?, then this FAQ may help.
Pais Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Pais ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my Pais family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Pais 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 Pais 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 Pais ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with Pais Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Pais, 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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Upcoming Pais Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Pais 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Pais reunion.