Welcome to the Friedman 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 Friedman 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 Friedman ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Friedman Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Friedman family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, What records are best for finding my female Friedman ancestor's maiden name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Friedman 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 Friedman ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Friedman my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Friedman
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 Friedman records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Friedman family history resource today.
Origins of the Friedman Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Friedman last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Friedman ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Friedman is a common Jewish surname? The article "The Origins of Jewish Surnames" may be helpful for your research. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Friedman 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 Friedman 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 Friedman research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Friedman Family History
There is more to exploring your Friedman ancestry than just gathering a bunch of names and dates. Understanding where your ancestors lived, how they were employed, and what they did for fun, may give you a better appreciation of your heritage. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing Was my Friedman ancestor's name changed at Ellis Island? is always useful.
Networking with Friedman 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Friedman 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 Friedman ancestors.
Friedman Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Friedman was the 1027th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Friedman Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Friedman, 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 Friedman Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Friedman 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Friedman reunion.