Welcome to the Pyenson 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 Pyenson 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 Pyenson genealogy.
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I. The Pyenson Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Pyenson family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Pyenson brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
Patronymics is the practice of naming children using the given name of the father, grandfather, or other male ancestor followed by a suffix. In the case of Pyenson, it is possible that one of your English ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Pyen." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
II. Pyenson Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Pyenson records. Years ago many people were unable to read and write, thus a given ancestor's name could be spelled in a variety of ways depending on who recorded it. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Practical Advise for Researching Immigrants" can help accelerate your Pyenson research.
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Pyenson records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Pyenson family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Pyenson Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Pyenson ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Pyenson DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Pyenson 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 Pyenson research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Pyenson Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Pyenson ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Faddish First Names" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Pyenson family history.
VI. Networking with Pyenson 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Pyenson 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 Pyenson ancestors.
VII. Pyenson Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Pyenson Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Pyenson, 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 Pyenson Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Pyenson 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Pyenson reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Pyenson genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 23/May/2013.
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