Welcome to the Whitney 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 Whitney 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 Whitney ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
Completed by on
The Whitney Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Whitney family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Whitney brick wall? Read "Soundex Sorts Out Family Names" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Whitney Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Whitney 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 Whitney family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Whitney
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Whitney records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Whitney family history resource today.
Origins of the Whitney Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Whitney last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Whitney ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Whitney is considered a very common surname, which offers its own set of challenges? The article "Researching Common Names" may be helpful for your research. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Whitney DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Whitney 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 Whitney research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Whitney 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 Whitney 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 "The Role Of History In Genealogical Research" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Whitney family history.
Networking with Whitney 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Whitney 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 Whitney ancestors.
Whitney Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Whitney was the 783rd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Whitney Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Whitney, 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 recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.
Upcoming Whitney Family Reunions
One key to a successful Whitney 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Whitney reunion.