Welcome to the Walsh 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 Walsh 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 Walsh genealogy.
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I. The Walsh Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Walsh family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Walsh brick wall? Read "Soundex Sorts Out Family Names" for some helpful advice.
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II. Walsh Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Walsh 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 Walsh 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 matching Walsh records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Walsh family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Walsh Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Walsh last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Walsh ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Walsh is a common Irish surname? The article "The Luck of the Irish Research" may be helpful for your research. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Walsh DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Walsh relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Walsh research?, then this FAQ may help.
V. Walsh 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 Walsh 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 "Researching Criminal Records" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Walsh family history.
VI. Networking with Walsh 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 Walsh 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 Walsh ancestors.
VII. Walsh Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Walsh was the 325th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Walsh Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Walsh, 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 Walsh Family Reunions
One key to a successful Walsh 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 Walsh reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Walsh genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 09/Dec/2013.
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