Welcome to the Prown 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 Prown 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 Prown ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Prown Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Prown family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Prown brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Prown Ancestors
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 Prown ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Prown my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Prown
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Prown records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Prown family history resource today.
Origins of the Prown Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Prown last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Prown 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.
Prown DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Prown 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 Prown research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Prown Family History
For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Prown ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "The Role Of History In Genealogical Research" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Prown family history.
Networking with Prown 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 Prown 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 Prown ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with Prown Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Prown, 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 Prown Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Prown 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 Prown reunion.