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The Acheson Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Acheson family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I distinguish my Acheson ancestor from others of the same name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Acheson Ancestors
Patronymics is the practice of naming children using the given name of the father, grandfather, or other male ancestor followed by a suffix. In the case of Acheson, it is possible that one of your English ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Ache." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Keep an open mind when searching through Acheson 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 men and women named Acheson who served in the Revolutionary War?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Acheson
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 Acheson records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Acheson family history resource today.
Origins of the Acheson Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Acheson last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Acheson 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.
According to An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names [page 47], the surname ACHESON is defined as An inscription or memorial.
Acheson 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 Acheson family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Acheson research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Acheson Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Acheson ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Faddish First Names" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Acheson family history.
Networking with Acheson 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 Acheson 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 Acheson ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with Acheson Research
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Upcoming Acheson Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Acheson 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Acheson reunion.