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