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The Ankersen Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Ankersen 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 Ankersen 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 Ankersen genealogy.

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I. The Ankersen Family Tree

It is important to remember that there is no single Ankersen family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I distinguish my Ankersen ancestor from others of the same name? and you might be surprised at the answer.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Ankersen 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 Ankersen, it is possible that one of your Scandinavian/Danish ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Anker." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.

II. Ankersen Genealogy

Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Ankersen 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 Ankersen household?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Ankersen

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 count of matching Ankersen records matching Ankersen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Ankersen family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

III. Origins of the Ankersen Surname

It is quite possible for two people with the Ankersen last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Ankersen 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.

IV. Ankersen 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 Ankersen 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 Ankersen research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".

V. Ankersen Family History

Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Ankersen 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 "Using Social History To Fill In The Gaps In Family Histories" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Ankersen family history.

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with Ankersen 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 Ankersen 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 Ankersen ancestors.

VII. Ankersen Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Ankersen was the 75459th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Ankersen Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ankersen, 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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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 Ankersen Family Reunions

Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Ankersen 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 Ankersen reunion.

 

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