The Brunson Genealogy and Family Tree Page

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

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The Brunson Family Tree

It is important to remember that there is no single Brunson 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 Brunson ancestor? and you might be surprised at the answer.

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

Brunson 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 Brunson ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Brunson my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Brunson

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

Death Records

Military Records

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

According to An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names [page 82], the surname BRUNSON is defined as A contraction of Brownson, the son of Brown. Briaunson, local, a place in France. This name came into England with William the Conqueror.

Brunson DNA Projects

While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Brunson 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 Brunson research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".

Brunson Family History

Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Brunson 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 Brunson family history.

Photo Collections

Networking with Brunson 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 Brunson 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 Brunson ancestors.

Brunson Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Brunson was the 1519th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

Web Sites & Blogs with Brunson Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Brunson, 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 Brunson 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 Brunson 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Brunson reunion.

See Also

Brunsen   Brunso   Bruns  

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