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The Wainken Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Wainken 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 Wainken 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 Wainken genealogy.

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I. The Wainken Family Tree

It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Wainken family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Wainken brick wall? Read "Soundex Sorts Out Family Names" for some helpful advice.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Wainken Ancestors

II. Wainken Genealogy

Keep an open mind when searching through Wainken 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 Wainken research?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Wainken

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

Death Records

Military Records

III. Origins of the Wainken Surname

It is quite possible for two people with the Wainken last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Wainken ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.

IV. Wainken DNA Projects

While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Wainken 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 Wainken research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".

V. Wainken Family History

For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Wainken ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Finding The Family History" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Wainken family history.

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with Wainken Researchers

In the course of genealogy research, collaboration is key -- we really cannot do it alone, and one of the great benefits of participating in community message boards is building relationships that not only enlightens our research but strengthens bonds across the miles. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Wainken 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 Wainken ancestors.

VII. Wainken Achievements & Celebrities

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Wainken Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Wainken, 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."

RootsWeb search of US Naturalization Records
RootsWeb search of Obituary Daily Times
RootsWeb search of Social Security Death Index

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 Wainken Family Reunions

One key to a successful Wainken 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Wainken reunion.

 

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