Welcome to the Purbaugh 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 Purbaugh 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 Purbaugh genealogy.
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I. The Purbaugh Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Purbaugh family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Purbaugh brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
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II. Purbaugh 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 Purbaugh 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 Purbaugh research.
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Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Purbaugh records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Purbaugh family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Purbaugh 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 Purbaugh surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Purbaugh 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 Purbaugh 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 Purbaugh research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Purbaugh Family History
There is more to exploring your Purbaugh 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 Purbaugh documents? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Purbaugh 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 Purbaugh 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 Purbaugh ancestors.
VII. Purbaugh Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Purbaugh Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Purbaugh, 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 Purbaugh Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Purbaugh 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 Purbaugh reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Purbaugh genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 06/Dec/2013.
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