Welcome to the Egertsen 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 Egertsen 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 Egertsen ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Egertsen Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Egertsen family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do you find out if two people named Egertsen are related? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Egertsen 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 Egertsen, it is possible that one of your Scandinavian/Danish ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Egert." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Keep an open mind when searching through Egertsen 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 the census help in locating my Egertsen ancestor's marriage record?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Egertsen
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 Egertsen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Egertsen family history resource today.
Origins of the Egertsen Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Egertsen 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.
Egertsen DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Egertsen 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 Egertsen research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Egertsen Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Egertsen 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 "Traditions, Traditions, Traditions" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Egertsen family history.
Networking with Egertsen Researchers
If you are doing genealogy research in a particular town or region distant from where you live, you may want to consider posting a message board query requesting a lookup; often local volunteers or residents are willing to lend a hand, but remember to be specific in your request and be respectful of others' time. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Egertsen 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 Egertsen ancestors.
Egertsen Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Egertsen Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Egertsen, 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 Egertsen Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Egertsen family history, which provides opportunities to share stories and visit cemeteries or old home sites; you may even want to consider as a one-day activity, having each family take on the task of gathering information from the local courthouse, school district, public library, etc. -- this, of course, requires advance planning and assignment, but could generate considerable interest and results. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Egertsen reunion.