Welcome to the Turnstal Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Turnstal surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Turnstal genealogy.
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I. The Turnstal Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Turnstal family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Turnstal brick wall? Read "Schools Records Can Reveal A Lot About Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
II. Turnstal Genealogy
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 Turnstal 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 Turnstal research.
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Turnstal records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Turnstal family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Turnstal 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 Turnstal surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Turnstal DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Turnstal 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 Turnstal research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Turnstal Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Turnstal ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Faddish First Names" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Turnstal family history.
VI. Networking with Turnstal Researchers
When it comes families and genealogy research, it's important to remember that different people may have different information: some may even have inherited one-of-a-kind family documents or photos, and the best way to connect with these family members is by posting a message board query -- often in the process of collaboration, you can build a more complete picture of your ancestor or ancestral family. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Turnstal 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 Turnstal ancestors.
VII. Turnstal Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Turnstal Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Turnstal, 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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IX. Upcoming Turnstal Family Reunions
Pedigree charts and family group records are important genealogical tools, so bringing or creating on site a big family pedigree (or family tree) is sure to draw attention; at the same time, have plenty of blank family group sheets available for individual families to complete and submit to go into a "Turnstal family record book," which you can then digitize and share -- you can then bring the physical book back to the next reunion, adding new families each time. The article "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Turnstal reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Turnstal genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 23/May/2013.
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