Welcome to the Brilson 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 Brilson 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 Brilson ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Brilson Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Brilson 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 Brilson ancestor? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Brilson 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 Brilson, it is possible that one of your English ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Bril." 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 Brilson ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Brilson my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Brilson
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 Brilson records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Brilson family history resource today.
Origins of the Brilson Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Brilson last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Brilson 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.
Brilson DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Brilson 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 Brilson research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Brilson Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Brilson 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 "Faddish First Names" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Brilson family history.
Networking with Brilson 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Brilson 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 Brilson ancestors.
Brilson Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Brilson Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Brilson, 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 Brilson 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 Brilson 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Brilson reunion.