Welcome to the Stebens 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 Stebens 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 Stebens ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Stebens Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Stebens family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Stebens brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Stebens 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 Stebens ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "All Those Genealogy Charts" can help accelerate your Stebens research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Stebens
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Stebens records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Stebens family history resource today.
Origins of the Stebens Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Stebens 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.
Stebens DNA Projects
Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your Stebens family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Stebens research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Stebens Family History
There is more to exploring your Stebens 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 Stebens ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Stebens Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Stebens 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 Stebens 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 Stebens ancestors.
Stebens Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Stebens Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Stebens, 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."
Upcoming Stebens Family Reunions
One key to a successful Stebens 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 Stebens reunion.