Welcome to the White 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 White 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 White ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The White Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a White family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a White brick wall? Read "Soundex Sorts Out Family Names" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering White Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding White 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 White family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for White
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching White records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online White family history resource today.
Origins of the White Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the White last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your White ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that White 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.
White DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your White 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're not sure how DNA testing could aid your White research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
White Family History
There is more to exploring your White 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 Where can I find a biography of my White ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with White 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 White 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 White ancestors.
White Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that White was the 14th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with White Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of White, 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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Recently Discovered WHITE Clippings and Mentions
Upcoming White Family Reunions
One key to a successful White 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 White reunion.