Welcome to the Pongah Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Pongah surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Pongah genealogy.
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I. The Pongah Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Pongah family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Pongah brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Pongah Ancestors
II. Pongah Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Pongah ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Pongah births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Pongah
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Pongah records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Pongah family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Pongah Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Pongah last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Pongah ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Pongah 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 Pongah 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 Pongah research?, then this FAQ may help.
V. Pongah Family History
There is more to exploring your Pongah 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 Pongah documents? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Pongah 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Pongah 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 Pongah ancestors.
VII. Pongah Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Pongah Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Pongah, 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."
To have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.
IX. Upcoming Pongah Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Pongah 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Pongah reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Pongah genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 23/Apr/2014.
If you host the Pongah blog or web page, please link to this surname-focused resource. Here's the HTML code for a basic link. Simply cut/paste this code on to your page.