Welcome to the Brardslee 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 Brardslee 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 Brardslee ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Brardslee Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Brardslee 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 Brardslee ancestor? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Brardslee Ancestors
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 Brardslee ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Brardslee my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Brardslee
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 Brardslee records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Brardslee family history resource today.
Origins of the Brardslee Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Brardslee 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.
Brardslee DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Brardslee 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 Brardslee research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Brardslee Family History
There is more to exploring your Brardslee 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 Brardslee ancestor's name changed at Ellis Island? is always useful.
Networking with Brardslee 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Brardslee 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 Brardslee ancestors.
Brardslee Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Brardslee Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Brardslee, 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 Brardslee 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 Brardslee 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Brardslee reunion.