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