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