Welcome to the Parafinowicz 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 Parafinowicz 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 Parafinowicz ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Parafinowicz Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Parafinowicz family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Parafinowicz brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Parafinowicz Ancestors
Patronymics is the practice of naming children using the given name of the father, grandfather, or other male ancestor followed by a suffix. In the case of Parafinowicz, it is possible that one of your Polish ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Parafin." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Keep an open mind when searching through Parafinowicz 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 Parafinowicz research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Parafinowicz
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Parafinowicz records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Parafinowicz family history resource today.
Origins of the Parafinowicz 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 Parafinowicz surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Parafinowicz 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 Parafinowicz 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 Parafinowicz research?, then this FAQ may help.
Parafinowicz Family History
There is more to exploring your Parafinowicz 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. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing Where can I find prisoner information for my Parafinowicz black sheep ancestors? is always useful.
Networking with Parafinowicz 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Parafinowicz 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 Parafinowicz ancestors.
Parafinowicz Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Parafinowicz Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Parafinowicz, 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 Parafinowicz Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Parafinowicz 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 Parafinowicz reunion.