Welcome to the Verhaaf 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 Verhaaf 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 Verhaaf ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Verhaaf Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Verhaaf family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Verhaaf brick wall? Read "Knowing the Port of Entry Can Help Find Ancestral Records" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Verhaaf Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Verhaaf 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 I locate old newspapers for Verhaaf research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Verhaaf
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Verhaaf records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Verhaaf family history resource today.
Origins of the Verhaaf 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 Verhaaf surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Verhaaf DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Verhaaf 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 Verhaaf research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Verhaaf Family History
There is more to exploring your Verhaaf 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 How can I decipher the handwriting in old Verhaaf documents? is always useful.
Networking with Verhaaf 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Verhaaf 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 Verhaaf ancestors.
Verhaaf Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Verhaaf Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Verhaaf, 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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Upcoming Verhaaf Family Reunions
One key to a successful Verhaaf 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 Verhaaf reunion.