Welcome to the Addison 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 Addison 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 Addison genealogy.
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I. The Addison Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Addison family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I distinguish my Addison ancestor from others of the same name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Patronymics is the practice of naming children using the given name (sometimes in a contracted form) of the father, grandfather, or other male ancestor followed by a suffix. In the case of Addison, it is possible that one of your English ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Adam." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
II. Addison Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Addison 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 where my Addison ancestor is buried?, then read this frequently asked question.
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 Addison records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Addison family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Addison Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Addison ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. 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 48], the surname ADDISON is defined as The same as Adamson, the son of Adam, Adie or Addie, being, in the Lowland-Scotch, a familiar corrupation of Adam, hence, Addie-son.
IV. Addison DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Addison ancestors were related, it can easily prove if they weren't. Be sure you understand what types of research issues each different DNA test can address before you spend any money. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Addison research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
V. Addison Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Addison 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 Addison family history.
VI. Networking with Addison 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Addison 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 Addison ancestors.
VII. Addison Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Addison was the 1872nd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Addison Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Addison, 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 Addison Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Addison 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Addison reunion.
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