Welcome to the Ahlhausen 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 Ahlhausen 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 Ahlhausen ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Ahlhausen Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Ahlhausen family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I distinguish my Ahlhausen ancestor from others of the same name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Ahlhausen 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 Ahlhausen, it is possible that one of your Scandinavian/Danish ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Ahlhau." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Ahlhausen 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 Ahlhausen family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Ahlhausen
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 Ahlhausen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Ahlhausen family history resource today.
Origins of the Ahlhausen Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Ahlhausen last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Ahlhausen 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.
Ahlhausen DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Ahlhausen 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 Ahlhausen research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Ahlhausen Family History
There is more to exploring your Ahlhausen 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 Ahlhausen documents? is always useful.
Networking with Ahlhausen 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 Ahlhausen 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 Ahlhausen ancestors.
Ahlhausen Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Ahlhausen Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ahlhausen, 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 Ahlhausen Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Ahlhausen 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 Ahlhausen reunion.