Welcome to the Anfindson 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 Anfindson 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 Anfindson ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Anfindson Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Anfindson family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I distinguish my Anfindson ancestor from others of the same name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Anfindson 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 Anfindson, it is possible that one of your English ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Anfind." 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 Anfindson ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know What is the first census year to identify the informant in every Anfindson household?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Anfindson
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 Anfindson records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Anfindson family history resource today.
Origins of the Anfindson Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Anfindson 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.
Anfindson DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Anfindson 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 Anfindson research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
Anfindson 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 Anfindson 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 Anfindson family history.
Networking with Anfindson 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 Anfindson 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 Anfindson ancestors.
Anfindson Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Anfindson Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Anfindson, 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 Anfindson Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Anfindson 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 Anfindson reunion.