Welcome to the Elsen 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 Elsen 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 Elsen ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Elsen Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Elsen 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 Elsen are related? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Elsen Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Elsen 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 Elsen citizens from the past?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Elsen
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 Elsen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Elsen family history resource today.
Origins of the Elsen Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Elsen surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Elsen 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 Elsen 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 Elsen research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Elsen 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 Elsen 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 "The Role Of History In Genealogical Research" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Elsen family history.
Networking with Elsen 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Elsen 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 Elsen ancestors.
Elsen Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Elsen was the 23080th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Elsen Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Elsen, 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."
To recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.
Upcoming Elsen Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Elsen 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Elsen reunion.