Welcome to the Freestate 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 Freestate 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 Freestate ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Freestate Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Freestate family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, What records are best for finding my female Freestate ancestor's maiden name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Freestate 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 Freestate ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Freestate my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Freestate
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 Freestate records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Freestate family history resource today.
Origins of the Freestate Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Freestate 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.
Freestate 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 Freestate 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 Freestate research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Freestate Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Freestate 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 Freestate family history.
Networking with Freestate 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 Freestate 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 Freestate ancestors.
Freestate Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Freestate Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Freestate, 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."
Upcoming Freestate Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Freestate 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 Freestate reunion.