Welcome to the Punjabi 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 Punjabi 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 Punjabi genealogy.
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I. The Punjabi Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Punjabi family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Punjabi brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Punjabi Ancestors
II. Punjabi 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 Punjabi ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Digital Books and Microfilm" can help accelerate your Punjabi research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Punjabi
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Punjabi records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Punjabi family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Punjabi Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Punjabi last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Punjabi 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. Punjabi DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Punjabi ancestors were related, it can easily prove if they weren't. Be sure you understand what types of research issues each different DNA test can address before you spend any money. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Punjabi research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
V. Punjabi Family History
There is more to exploring your Punjabi 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 Punjabi documents? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Punjabi 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 Punjabi 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 Punjabi ancestors.
VII. Punjabi Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Punjabi Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Punjabi, 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 Punjabi Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Punjabi 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 Punjabi reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Punjabi genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 11/Mar/2014.
If you host the Punjabi 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.