Welcome to the Hansen 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 Hansen 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 Hansen genealogy.
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I. The Hansen Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Hansen family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Hansen brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
II. Hansen Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Hansen 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 city directories be used to help my Hansen research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Hansen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Hansen family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Hansen Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Hansen last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Hansen ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Hansen is considered a very common surname, which offers its own set of challenges? The article "Researching Common Names" 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.
IV. Hansen DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Hansen 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 are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Hansen research?, then this FAQ may help.
V. Hansen Family History
There is more to exploring your Hansen 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 Hansen ancestor? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Hansen Researchers
When digging deeper into your ancestor's occupation, a great way to connect with others of a similar interest -- many who might have detailed information, is by posting a message board query giving clear information as to your ancestor's name and the specific occupation or organization, in time and place. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Hansen 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 Hansen ancestors.
VII. Hansen Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Hansen was the 222nd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Hansen Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Hansen, 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 Hansen 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 "Hansen 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 Hansen reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Hansen genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 25/May/2013.
If you host the Hansen blog or web page, please link to this surname-focused resource. Here's the HTML code for a basic link. Simply cut/paste this code on to your page.