Welcome to the Porden 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 Porden 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 Porden ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Porden Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Porden family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Porden brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Porden Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Porden ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Porden births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Porden
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Porden records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Porden family history resource today.
Origins of the Porden 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 Porden surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Porden 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 Porden family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Porden research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
Porden Family History
There is more to exploring your Porden 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 Where can I find a biography of my Porden ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Porden 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 Porden 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 Porden ancestors.
Porden Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Porden Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Porden, 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 Porden Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Porden 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 Porden reunion.