The Shonebarger Genealogy and Family Tree Page

Welcome to the Shonebarger 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 Shonebarger 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 Shonebarger ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!

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The Shonebarger Family Tree

It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Shonebarger family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Shonebarger brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Shonebarger Ancestors

Shonebarger Genealogy

Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Shonebarger 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 Shonebarger family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Shonebarger

Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently count of matching Shonebarger records matching Shonebarger records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Shonebarger family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Shonebarger Surname

It is quite possible for two people with the Shonebarger last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Shonebarger 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.

Shonebarger DNA Projects

While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Shonebarger 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 Shonebarger research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".

Shonebarger Family History

There is more to exploring your Shonebarger 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 Shonebarger ancestor? is always useful.

Photo Collections

Networking with Shonebarger Researchers

In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Shonebarger 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 Shonebarger 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 Shonebarger ancestors.

Shonebarger Achievements & Celebrities

Web Sites & Blogs with Shonebarger Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Shonebarger, 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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To recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.

Upcoming Shonebarger Family Reunions

One key to a successful Shonebarger 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Shonebarger reunion.

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Surname Finder, The Shonebarger Genealogy and Family Tree Page [on-line resource], New Providence, NJ, USA: Genealogy Today LLC, 2014.

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