Welcome to the Pettway 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 Pettway 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 Pettway ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Pettway Family Tree
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Best Tree Collections for Discovering Pettway Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Pettway 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 Pettway 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 Pettway records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Pettway family history resource today.
Origins of the Pettway 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 Pettway surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Pettway DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Pettway 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 Pettway research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Pettway Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Pettway ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Researching Masonic Records" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Pettway family history.
Networking with Pettway 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 Pettway queries.
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Web Sites & Blogs with Pettway Research
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Upcoming Pettway Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Pettway 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 Pettway reunion.