Welcome to the Atterson 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 Atterson 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 Atterson ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Atterson Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Atterson family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I distinguish my Atterson ancestor from others of the same name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Atterson 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 Atterson, it is possible that one of your English ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Atter." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Atterson ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "All Those Genealogy Charts" can help accelerate your Atterson research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Atterson
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 Atterson records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Atterson family history resource today.
Origins of the Atterson 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 Atterson surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Atterson 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 Atterson 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 Atterson research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Atterson Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Atterson 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 Atterson family history.
Networking with Atterson 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 Atterson 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 Atterson ancestors.
Atterson Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Atterson was the 48410th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Atterson Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Atterson, 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 Atterson Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Atterson 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Atterson reunion.