Welcome to the Shasny 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 Shasny 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 Shasny ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Shasny Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Shasny family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Shasny brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Shasny Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Shasny 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 Shasny family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Shasny
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Shasny records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Shasny family history resource today.
Origins of the Shasny Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Shasny 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.
Shasny DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Shasny relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Shasny research?, then this FAQ may help.
Shasny Family History
For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Shasny ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "The Role Of History In Genealogical Research" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Shasny family history.
Networking with Shasny Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Shasny 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 Shasny 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 Shasny ancestors.
Shasny Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Shasny Research
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Upcoming Shasny Family Reunions
One key to a successful Shasny 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 Shasny reunion.