Welcome to the Palkin 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 Palkin 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 Palkin ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Palkin Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Palkin family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Palkin brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Palkin Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Palkin 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 Palkin research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Palkin
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Palkin records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Palkin family history resource today.
Origins of the Palkin Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Palkin last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Palkin 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.
Palkin DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Palkin 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 Palkin research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Palkin 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 Palkin 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 Palkin family history.
Networking with Palkin 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 Palkin 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 Palkin ancestors.
Palkin Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Palkin Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Palkin, 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 Palkin Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Palkin 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 Palkin reunion.