Welcome to the Whyte 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 Whyte 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 Whyte ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Whyte Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Whyte family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Whyte brick wall? Read "Soundex Sorts Out Family Names" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Whyte Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Whyte 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 Whyte family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Whyte
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Whyte records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Whyte family history resource today.
Origins of the Whyte Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Whyte 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.
Whyte DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Whyte 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 Whyte research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Whyte Family History
There is more to exploring your Whyte 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 Whyte ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Whyte 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 Whyte 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 Whyte ancestors.
Whyte Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Whyte was the 4460th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Whyte Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Whyte, 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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Upcoming Whyte Family Reunions
One key to a successful Whyte 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 Whyte reunion.