Welcome to the Runnen 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 Runnen 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 Runnen ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Runnen Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Runnen family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Runnen brick wall? Read "Searching For A Needle In An Ancestral Haystack" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Runnen 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 Runnen 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 Runnen research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Runnen
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Runnen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Runnen family history resource today.
Origins of the Runnen Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Runnen last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Runnen 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.
Runnen DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Runnen 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 Runnen research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Runnen Family History
There is more to exploring your Runnen 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 Runnen ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Runnen Researchers
When you've come up against a brick wall in your genealogy research, posting a message board query can help; one of the biggest benefits is that message board queries are accessed through search engines, which means even someone not specifically engaged in genealogy but interested in your subject may find your query and bring valuable new information to the table -- it happens! The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Runnen 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 Runnen ancestors.
Runnen Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Runnen Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Runnen, 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 Runnen Family Reunions
Notifying everyone in advance to bring old photos and documents can bring big rewards, making a special place at the reunion (maybe even a special Runnen booth) where people can come at their leisure to sit, look and chat; in addition to information and clues that might be written on the back of a photo, every photograph has a story and serves as an excellent stimulus to recall -- people might comment not only on the people in the photo, but also on what's in the background, or they might have information around where the photo was taken or the event -- just be sure to have someone there to capture new information. The article "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Runnen reunion.