Welcome to the Elgison 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 Elgison 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 Elgison ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Elgison Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Elgison 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 Elgison are related? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Elgison 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 Elgison, it is possible that one of your English ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Elgi." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Elgison 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 Elgison citizens from the past?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Elgison
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 Elgison records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Elgison family history resource today.
Origins of the Elgison Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Elgison 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.
Elgison DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Elgison 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 Elgison research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
Elgison Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Elgison 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 Elgison family history.
Networking with Elgison 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 Elgison 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 Elgison ancestors.
Elgison Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Elgison Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Elgison, 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 Elgison Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Elgison 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 Elgison reunion.