Welcome to the Duddleson 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 Duddleson 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 Duddleson ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Duddleson Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Duddleson family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do I begin my Duddleson family tree? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Duddleson 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 Duddleson, it is possible that one of your English ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Duddle." 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 Duddleson ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Digital Books and Microfilm" can help accelerate your Duddleson research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Duddleson
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 Duddleson records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Duddleson family history resource today.
Origins of the Duddleson Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Duddleson 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.
Duddleson DNA Projects
Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your Duddleson family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Duddleson research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
Duddleson Family History
For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Duddleson ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Looking at Our Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Duddleson family history.
Networking with Duddleson 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 Duddleson 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 Duddleson ancestors.
Duddleson Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Duddleson Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Duddleson, 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 Duddleson 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 "Duddleson 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 Duddleson reunion.