Welcome to the Avendorph 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 Avendorph 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 Avendorph genealogy.
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I. The Avendorph Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Avendorph family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I distinguish my Avendorph ancestor from others of the same name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
II. Avendorph Genealogy
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 Avendorph ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Finding Ancestors in County Court Minutes" can help accelerate your Avendorph research.
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 Avendorph records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Avendorph family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Avendorph Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Avendorph 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.
IV. Avendorph DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Avendorph 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 Avendorph research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Avendorph Family History
There is more to exploring your Avendorph 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 Was my Avendorph ancestor's name changed at Ellis Island? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Avendorph 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 Avendorph 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 Avendorph ancestors.
VII. Avendorph Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Avendorph Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Avendorph, 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."
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 Avendorph Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Avendorph 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 Avendorph reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Avendorph genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 19/May/2013.
If you host the Avendorph blog or web page, please link to this surname-focused resource. Here's the HTML code for a basic link. Simply cut/paste this code on to your page.