Welcome to the Griessen 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 Griessen 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 Griessen ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Griessen Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Griessen 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 Griessen family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Griessen 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 Griessen, it is possible that one of your Scandinavian/Norwegian ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Grie." 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 Griessen ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Griessen my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Griessen
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 Griessen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Griessen family history resource today.
Origins of the Griessen Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Griessen last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Griessen 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.
Griessen 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 Griessen 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 Griessen research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Griessen Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Griessen 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 Griessen family history.
Networking with Griessen 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Griessen 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 Griessen ancestors.
Griessen Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Griessen Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Griessen, 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 Griessen 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 "Griessen 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Griessen reunion.