Welcome to the O'Bryan 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 O'Bryan 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 O'Bryan ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The O'Bryan Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the O'Bryan family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a O'Bryan brick wall? Read "Know Where to Begin Your Genealogical Search" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering O'Bryan Ancestors
Patronymics is the practice of naming children using the given name of the father, grandfather, or other male ancestor preceeded by a prefix. In the case of O'Bryan, it is possible that one of your Gaelic/Irish ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Bryan." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Keep an open mind when searching through O'Bryan 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 I find information on O'Bryan ancestors born in the twentieth century?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for O'Bryan
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching O'Bryan records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online O'Bryan family history resource today.
Origins of the O'Bryan 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 O'Bryan surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
O'Bryan DNA Projects
Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your O'Bryan family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for O'Bryan research?, then this FAQ may help.
O'Bryan Family History
There is more to exploring your O'Bryan 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 How can I decipher the handwriting in old O'Bryan documents? is always useful.
Networking with O'Bryan 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 O'Bryan 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 O'Bryan ancestors.
O'Bryan Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with O'Bryan Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of O'Bryan, 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 O'Bryan Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong O'Bryan family history, which provides opportunities to share stories and visit cemeteries or old home sites; you may even want to consider as a one-day activity, having each family take on the task of gathering information from the local courthouse, school district, public library, etc. -- this, of course, requires advance planning and assignment, but could generate considerable interest and results. The article "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful O'Bryan reunion.