Welcome to the Wisner 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 Wisner 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 Wisner ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Wisner Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Wisner family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Wisner brick wall? Read "Soundex Sorts Out Family Names" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Wisner Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Wisner ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Wisner ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Wisner
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Wisner records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Wisner family history resource today.
Origins of the Wisner Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Wisner surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Wisner DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Wisner 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 Wisner research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Wisner Family History
There is more to exploring your Wisner 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 Wisner ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Wisner 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Wisner 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 Wisner ancestors.
Wisner Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Wisner was the 7633rd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Wisner Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Wisner, 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."
Upcoming Wisner Family Reunions
One key to a successful Wisner 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Wisner reunion.