Welcome to the Adrianus 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 Adrianus 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 Adrianus genealogy.
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I. The Adrianus Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Adrianus family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I distinguish my Adrianus ancestor from others of the same name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
II. Adrianus Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Adrianus 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 Adrianus 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 Adrianus records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Adrianus family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Adrianus 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 Adrianus surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Adrianus DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Adrianus 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 Adrianus research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
V. Adrianus Family History
There is more to exploring your Adrianus 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 Adrianus documents? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Adrianus 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 Adrianus 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 Adrianus ancestors.
VII. Adrianus Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Adrianus Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Adrianus, 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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IX. Upcoming Adrianus Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Adrianus 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 Adrianus reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Adrianus genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 20/May/2013.
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