Welcome to the Friedricksen 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 Friedricksen 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 Friedricksen ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Friedricksen Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Friedricksen family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, What records are best for finding my female Friedricksen ancestor's maiden name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Friedricksen Ancestors
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 Friedricksen, it is possible that one of your Scandinavian/Danish ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Friedrick." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
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 Friedricksen ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Friedricksen my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Friedricksen
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 Friedricksen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Friedricksen family history resource today.
Origins of the Friedricksen Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Friedricksen last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Friedricksen ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Friedricksen 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 Friedricksen 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 Friedricksen research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Friedricksen Family History
There is more to exploring your Friedricksen 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 Friedricksen ancestor's name changed at Ellis Island? is always useful.
Networking with Friedricksen 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 Friedricksen 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 Friedricksen ancestors.
Friedricksen Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Friedricksen Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Friedricksen, 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 Friedricksen Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Friedricksen 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 Friedricksen reunion.