Welcome to the Defreest 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 Defreest 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 Defreest genealogy.
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I. The Defreest Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Defreest family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do I begin my Defreest family tree? and you might be surprised at the answer.
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II. Defreest Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Defreest 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 Defreest research?, then read this frequently asked question.
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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 Defreest records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Defreest family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Defreest Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Defreest 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.
IV. Defreest DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Defreest 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 Defreest research, read "When do you use DNA?".
V. Defreest Family History
There is more to exploring your Defreest 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 Defreest ancestor? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Defreest Researchers
When it comes families and genealogy research, it's important to remember that different people may have different information: some may even have inherited one-of-a-kind family documents or photos, and the best way to connect with these family members is by posting a message board query -- often in the process of collaboration, you can build a more complete picture of your ancestor or ancestral family. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Defreest 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 Defreest ancestors.
VII. Defreest Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Defreest Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Defreest, 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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IX. Upcoming Defreest Family Reunions
Pedigree charts and family group records are important genealogical tools, so bringing or creating on site a big family pedigree (or family tree) is sure to draw attention; at the same time, have plenty of blank family group sheets available for individual families to complete and submit to go into a "Defreest family record book," which you can then digitize and share -- you can then bring the physical book back to the next reunion, adding new families each time. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Defreest reunion.
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