Welcome to the Provencher 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 Provencher 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 Provencher genealogy.
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I. The Provencher Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Provencher family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Provencher brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
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II. Provencher Genealogy
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Provencher ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Provencher my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
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Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Provencher records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Provencher family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Provencher Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Provencher last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Provencher 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. Provencher DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Provencher relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Provencher research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
V. Provencher Family History
There is more to exploring your Provencher 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 Provencher ancestor? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Provencher 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 Provencher 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 Provencher ancestors.
VII. Provencher Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Provencher was the 6257th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Provencher Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Provencher, 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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IX. Upcoming Provencher Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Provencher 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Provencher reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Provencher genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 10/Dec/2013.
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