Welcome to the Ess 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 Ess 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 Ess ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Ess Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Ess 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 Ess are related? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Ess Ancestors
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 Ess ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find my Ess grandmother's passport?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Ess
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 Ess records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Ess family history resource today.
Origins of the Ess 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 Ess surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Ess DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Ess 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 Ess research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Ess Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Ess ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my Ess family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Ess 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 Ess 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 Ess ancestors.
Ess Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Ess Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ess, 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 Ess Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Ess 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 Ess reunion.