Welcome to the Whan 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 Whan 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 Whan genealogy.
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I. The Whan Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Whan family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Whan brick wall? Read "Soundex Sorts Out Family Names" for some helpful advice.
II. Whan Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Whan ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know How do I find my Whan family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Whan records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Whan family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Whan Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Whan 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. Whan DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Whan 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 Whan research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Whan Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Whan ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my Whan family history on the Internet? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Whan 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Whan 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 Whan ancestors.
VII. Whan Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Whan was the 76205th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Whan Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Whan, 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."
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 Whan Family Reunions
One key to a successful Whan 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 Whan reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Whan genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 19/May/2013.
If you host the Whan blog or web page, please link to this surname-focused resource. Here's the HTML code for a basic link. Simply cut/paste this code on to your page.