Welcome to the Shanaway 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 Shanaway 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 Shanaway genealogy.
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I. The Shanaway Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Shanaway family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Shanaway brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Shanaway Ancestors
II. Shanaway Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Shanaway ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know How do I find my Shanaway family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Shanaway
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Shanaway records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Shanaway family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Shanaway Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Shanaway 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. Shanaway DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Shanaway 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 Shanaway research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Shanaway Family History
There is more to exploring your Shanaway 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 Shanaway documents? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Shanaway Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Shanaway surname, posting a message query can help you connect with distant cousins and others who may be working on the same lines, some of whom may have advanced the research or solved some of the hard problems, but are willing to share. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Shanaway 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 Shanaway ancestors.
VII. Shanaway Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Shanaway Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Shanaway, 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 Shanaway Family Reunions
One key to a successful Shanaway reunion is preparation, and for the family researcher that means getting the word out in advance on what to bring (such as the family photo collection); arranging for the display of shared information; and planning activities conducive to sharing; and one of the best ways to get others to participate is in bringing something of your own to share such a picture pedigree, compiled family history or biographical sketch, or even a copies of a treasured photo as a gift for each family -- you may even want to consider putting together a reunion newsletter in advance to be distributed at the reunion, asking for help in solving one or more specific family mysteries: you never know who might have insight they are willing to share, one-on-one. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Shanaway reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Shanaway genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 13/Dec/2013.
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