Welcome to the Phagan 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 Phagan 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 Phagan ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Phagan Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Phagan family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Phagan brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Phagan Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Phagan ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know How do I find my Phagan family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Phagan
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Phagan records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Phagan family history resource today.
Origins of the Phagan Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Phagan ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Phagan 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 Phagan family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Phagan research?, then this FAQ may help.
Phagan Family History
There is more to exploring your Phagan 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 Phagan documents? is always useful.
Networking with Phagan 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Phagan 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 Phagan ancestors.
Phagan Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Phagan was the 33071st most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Phagan Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Phagan, 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."
Upcoming Phagan Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Phagan 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Phagan reunion.