Welcome to the Freesen Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Freesen surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Freesen genealogy.
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I. The Freesen Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Freesen family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, What records are best for finding my female Freesen ancestor's maiden name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
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 Freesen, it is possible that one of your Scandinavian/Danish ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Free." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
II. Freesen Genealogy
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 Freesen ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Freesen my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
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 Freesen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Freesen family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Freesen Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Freesen 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.
IV. Freesen 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 Freesen 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 Freesen research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
V. Freesen Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Freesen 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 Freesen family history.
VI. Networking with Freesen Researchers
As genealogy researchers, we are eternally grateful to come upon information shared by others that enlightens our research; and we can reciprocate by paying it forward in responding to message board queries and sharing our own information that others in down the road or in future generations may benefit. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Freesen 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 Freesen ancestors.
VII. Freesen Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Freesen Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Freesen, 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 have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.
IX. Upcoming Freesen Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Freesen family members; you may want to consider a roundtable where you can gather different groups together at different times such as siblings to discuss their parents and childhood memories, cousins, aunts and uncles to discuss the grandparent generation, etc. - the collective memory and stimulus of shared experience can yield considerable information. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Freesen reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Freesen genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 22/May/2013.
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