Welcome to the Gestefield 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 Gestefield 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 Gestefield genealogy.
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I. The Gestefield Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Gestefield family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, Where do I go to find birth, marriage, and death records for Gestefield family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.
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II. Gestefield Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Gestefield records. Years ago many people were unable to read and write, thus a given ancestor's name could be spelled in a variety of ways depending on who recorded it. If you want to know How can I locate old newspapers for Gestefield research?, then read this frequently asked question.
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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 Gestefield records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Gestefield family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Gestefield 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 Gestefield surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Gestefield DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Gestefield 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 Gestefield research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Gestefield Family History
There is more to exploring your Gestefield 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 Where can I find a biography of my Gestefield ancestor? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Gestefield Researchers
In the course of genealogy research, collaboration is key -- we really cannot do it alone, and one of the great benefits of participating in community message boards is building relationships that not only enlightens our research but strengthens bonds across the miles. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Gestefield 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 Gestefield ancestors.
VII. Gestefield Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Gestefield Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Gestefield, 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 Gestefield Family Reunions
Pedigree charts and family group records are important genealogical tools, so bringing or creating on site a big family pedigree (or family tree) is sure to draw attention; at the same time, have plenty of blank family group sheets available for individual families to complete and submit to go into a "Gestefield family record book," which you can then digitize and share -- you can then bring the physical book back to the next reunion, adding new families each time. The article "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Gestefield reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Gestefield genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 20/Apr/2014.
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