Welcome to the Yanshaw 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 Yanshaw 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 Yanshaw ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Yanshaw Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Yanshaw family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. Have you struck a Yanshaw brick wall? Read "The Elusive Maiden Name" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Yanshaw Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Yanshaw records. Years ago many people were unable to read and write, thus a given ancestor's name could be spelled in a variety of ways depending on who recorded it. If you want to know How can city directories be used to help my Yanshaw research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Yanshaw
Vital records are essential for family history research because they were typically created at or near the time of the event, making the record more reliable. There are currently matching Yanshaw records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Yanshaw family history resource today.
Origins of the Yanshaw Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Yanshaw last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Yanshaw 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.
Yanshaw DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Yanshaw 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 are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Yanshaw research?, then this FAQ may help.
Yanshaw 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 Yanshaw 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 "Researching Criminal Records" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Yanshaw family history.
Networking with Yanshaw Researchers
One of the best ways to solve a genealogy problem is by enlisting the help of others through a message board query that is open to the public, allowing you to cast a wide net that can be accessed by anyone, around the world and around the clock --- at the same time, because it is a public forum, you will want to exercise caution in posting personal information or information about living persons. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Yanshaw 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 Yanshaw ancestors.
Yanshaw Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Yanshaw Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Yanshaw, 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 Yanshaw Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Yanshaw family members; you may want to consider a roundtable where you can gather different groups together at different times such as siblings to discuss their parents and childhood memories, cousins, aunts and uncles to discuss the grandparent generation, etc. - the collective memory and stimulus of shared experience can yield considerable information. The article "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Yanshaw reunion.