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The Vaal Duean Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Vaal Duean 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 Vaal Duean 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 Vaal Duean genealogy.

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I. The Vaal Duean Family Tree

It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Vaal Duean family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Vaal Duean brick wall? Read "Knowing the Port of Entry Can Help Find Ancestral Records" for some helpful advice.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Vaal Duean Ancestors

II. Vaal Duean Genealogy

Keep an open mind when searching through Vaal Duean records. Years ago many people were unable to read and write, thus a given ancestor's name could be spelled in a variety of ways depending on who recorded it. If you want to know How can city directories be used to help my Vaal Duean research?, then read this frequently asked question.

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

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Military Records

III. Origins of the Vaal Duean Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Vaal Duean 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.

IV. Vaal Duean DNA Projects

While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Vaal Duean 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 Vaal Duean research, read "When do you use DNA?".

V. Vaal Duean Family History

There is more to exploring your Vaal Duean 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 Was my Vaal Duean ancestor's name changed at Ellis Island? is always useful.

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with Vaal Duean Researchers

As genealogy researchers, we are eternally grateful to come upon information shared by others that enlightens our research; and we can reciprocate by paying it forward in responding to message board queries and sharing our own information that others in down the road or in future generations may benefit. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Vaal Duean 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 Vaal Duean ancestors.

VII. Vaal Duean Achievements & Celebrities

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Vaal Duean Research

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

IX. Upcoming Vaal Duean Family Reunions

One key to a successful Vaal Duean 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 Vaal Duean reunion.


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