Welcome to the Elgershauser 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 Elgershauser 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 Elgershauser ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Elgershauser Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Elgershauser 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 Elgershauser are related? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Elgershauser Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Elgershauser ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know What information is given in U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules about Elgershauser citizens from the past?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Elgershauser
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 Elgershauser records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Elgershauser family history resource today.
Origins of the Elgershauser Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Elgershauser 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.
Elgershauser 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 Elgershauser 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 Elgershauser research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Elgershauser Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Elgershauser 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 "Using Social History To Fill In The Gaps In Family Histories" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Elgershauser family history.
Networking with Elgershauser 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 Elgershauser 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 Elgershauser ancestors.
Elgershauser Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Elgershauser Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Elgershauser, 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 Elgershauser Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Elgershauser 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 Elgershauser reunion.