Welcome to the Shiva 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 Shiva 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 Shiva ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Shiva Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Shiva family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Shiva brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Shiva Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Shiva 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 Shiva family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Shiva
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Shiva records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Shiva family history resource today.
Origins of the Shiva Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Shiva last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Shiva 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.
Shiva DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Shiva 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're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Shiva research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
Shiva Family History
There is more to exploring your Shiva 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 Shiva documents? is always useful.
Networking with Shiva Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Shiva 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Shiva 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 Shiva ancestors.
Shiva Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Shiva Research
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Upcoming Shiva Family Reunions
One key to a successful Shiva 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Shiva reunion.