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