Welcome to the Paym 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 Paym 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 Paym ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Paym Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Paym family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Paym brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Paym Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Paym 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 Paym research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Paym
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Paym records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Paym family history resource today.
Origins of the Paym Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Paym 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.
Paym DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Paym 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 are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Paym research?, then this FAQ may help.
Paym Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Paym 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 Paym family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Paym 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Paym 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 Paym ancestors.
Paym Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Paym Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Paym, 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 Paym Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Paym 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 Paym reunion.