Welcome to the Whitn 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 Whitn 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 Whitn genealogy.
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I. The Whitn Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Whitn family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Whitn brick wall? Read "Soundex Sorts Out Family Names" for some helpful advice.
II. Whitn Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Whitn 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 Whitn family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.
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III. Origins of the Whitn Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Whitn last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Whitn 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. Whitn DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Whitn 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 Whitn research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Whitn 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 Whitn 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 "The Role Of History In Genealogical Research" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Whitn family history.
VI. Networking with Whitn 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 Whitn 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 Whitn ancestors.
VII. Whitn Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Whitn Research
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IX. Upcoming Whitn Family Reunions
One key to a successful Whitn 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 Whitn reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Whitn 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.
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