Welcome to the Phayson 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 Phayson 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 Phayson ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Phayson Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Phayson family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Phayson brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Phayson Ancestors
Patronymics is the practice of naming children using the given name of the father, grandfather, or other male ancestor followed by a suffix. In the case of Phayson, it is possible that one of your English ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Phay." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Phayson 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 Phayson family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Phayson
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Phayson records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Phayson family history resource today.
Origins of the Phayson Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Phayson 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.
Phayson 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 Phayson 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 Phayson research?, then this FAQ may help.
Phayson Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Phayson 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 "Faddish First Names" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Phayson family history.
Networking with Phayson 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 Phayson 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 Phayson ancestors.
Phayson Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Phayson Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Phayson, 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 Phayson Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Phayson 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 Phayson reunion.