Welcome to the Pleasant 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 Pleasant 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 Pleasant ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Pleasant Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Pleasant family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Pleasant brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Pleasant Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Pleasant ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know What information is given in U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules about Pleasant citizens from the past?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Pleasant
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Pleasant records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Pleasant family history resource today.
Origins of the Pleasant Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Pleasant 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.
Pleasant 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 Pleasant 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 Pleasant research?, then this FAQ may help.
Pleasant Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Pleasant 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 Pleasant family history.
Networking with Pleasant 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 Pleasant 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 Pleasant ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with Pleasant Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Pleasant, 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 Pleasant Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Pleasant 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 Pleasant reunion.