Welcome to the Pettingille 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 Pettingille 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 Pettingille ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Pettingille Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Pettingille family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Pettingille brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Pettingille Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Pettingille 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 Pettingille research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Pettingille
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Pettingille records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Pettingille family history resource today.
Origins of the Pettingille Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Pettingille surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Pettingille DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Pettingille 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 Pettingille research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Pettingille 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 Pettingille 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 "Our Ancestors Paid Taxes" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Pettingille family history.
Networking with Pettingille 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Pettingille 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 Pettingille ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with Pettingille Research
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Upcoming Pettingille Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Pettingille 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Pettingille reunion.