The Besteinsen Genealogy and Family Tree Page

Welcome to the Besteinsen 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 Besteinsen 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 Besteinsen ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!

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The Besteinsen Family Tree

It is important to remember that there is no single Besteinsen family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I find the second married name of a female Besteinsen ancestor? and you might be surprised at the answer.

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

Besteinsen Genealogy

Keep an open mind when searching through Besteinsen records. Years ago many people were unable to read and write, thus a given ancestor's name could be spelled in a variety of ways depending on who recorded it. If you want to know How can I locate old newspapers for Besteinsen research?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Besteinsen

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 Besteinsen records matching Besteinsen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Besteinsen family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Besteinsen 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 Besteinsen surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.

Besteinsen DNA Projects

DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Besteinsen relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Besteinsen research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".

Besteinsen Family History

There is more to exploring your Besteinsen 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 Where can I find a biography of my Besteinsen ancestor? is always useful.

Photo Collections

Networking with Besteinsen Researchers

When you've come up against a brick wall in your genealogy research, posting a message board query can help; one of the biggest benefits is that message board queries are accessed through search engines, which means even someone not specifically engaged in genealogy but interested in your subject may find your query and bring valuable new information to the table -- it happens! The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Besteinsen 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 Besteinsen ancestors.

Besteinsen Achievements & Celebrities

Web Sites & Blogs with Besteinsen Research

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

Notifying everyone in advance to bring old photos and documents can bring big rewards, making a special place at the reunion (maybe even a special Besteinsen booth) where people can come at their leisure to sit, look and chat; in addition to information and clues that might be written on the back of a photo, every photograph has a story and serves as an excellent stimulus to recall -- people might comment not only on the people in the photo, but also on what's in the background, or they might have information around where the photo was taken or the event -- just be sure to have someone there to capture new information. The article "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Besteinsen reunion.

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Surname Finder, The Besteinsen Genealogy and Family Tree Page [on-line resource], New Providence, NJ, USA: Genealogy Today LLC, 2019.

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