Welcome to the Penland Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Penland surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Penland genealogy.
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I. The Penland Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Penland family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Penland brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
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II. Penland Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Penland 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 Penland research?, then read this frequently asked question.
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Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Penland records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Penland family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Penland Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Penland last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Penland 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.
IV. Penland DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Penland 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 Penland research, read "When do you use DNA?".
V. Penland Family History
There is more to exploring your Penland 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 Penland documents? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Penland 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 Penland 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 Penland ancestors.
VII. Penland Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Penland was the 7252nd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Penland Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Penland, 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."
To have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.
IX. Upcoming Penland Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Penland 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 Penland reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Penland genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 13/Dec/2013.
If you host the Penland blog or web page, please link to this surname-focused resource. Here's the HTML code for a basic link. Simply cut/paste this code on to your page.