Welcome to the Surn 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 Surn 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 Surn ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Surn Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Surn family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Surn brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Surn 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 Surn ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Digital Books and Microfilm" can help accelerate your Surn research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Surn
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Surn records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Surn family history resource today.
Origins of the Surn Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Surn surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Surn DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Surn 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 Surn research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Surn Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Surn ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my Surn family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Surn Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Surn 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Surn 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 Surn ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with Surn Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Surn, 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 Surn Family Reunions
One key to a successful Surn 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Surn reunion.