Welcome to the Brimson 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 Brimson 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 Brimson genealogy.
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I. The Brimson Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Brimson 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 Brimson ancestor? and you might be surprised at the answer.
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 Brimson, it is possible that one of your English ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Brim." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
II. Brimson 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 Brimson ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Brimson my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
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 Brimson records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Brimson family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Brimson Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Brimson last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Brimson 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.
IV. Brimson DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Brimson 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 are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Brimson research?, then this FAQ may help.
V. Brimson Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Brimson 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 Brimson family history.
VI. Networking with Brimson 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 Brimson 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 Brimson ancestors.
VII. Brimson Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Brimson Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Brimson, 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 Brimson 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 Brimson 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 Brimson reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Brimson genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 22/May/2013.
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