Welcome to the Yap 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 Yap 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 Yap genealogy.
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I. The Yap Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Yap family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. Have you struck a Yap brick wall? Read "The Elusive Maiden Name" for some helpful advice.
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II. Yap Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Yap 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 Yap research?, then read this frequently asked question.
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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 Yap records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Yap family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Yap 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 Yap surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Yap DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Yap 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 Yap research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
V. Yap Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Yap ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my Yap family history on the Internet? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Yap 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Yap 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 Yap ancestors.
VII. Yap Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Yap was the 9070th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Yap Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Yap, 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."
To have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.
IX. Upcoming Yap Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Yap 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 Yap reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Yap genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 12/Mar/2014.
If you host the Yap blog or web page, please link to this surname-focused resource. Here's the HTML code for a basic link. Simply cut/paste this code on to your page.