Welcome to the Haroldsen 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 Haroldsen 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 Haroldsen genealogy.
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I. The Haroldsen Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Haroldsen family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Haroldsen brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Haroldsen 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 Haroldsen, it is possible that one of your Scandinavian/Danish ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Harold." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
II. Haroldsen Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Haroldsen 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 Haroldsen research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Haroldsen
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Haroldsen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Haroldsen family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Haroldsen 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 Haroldsen surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Haroldsen DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Haroldsen ancestors were related, it can easily prove if they weren't. Be sure you understand what types of research issues each different DNA test can address before you spend any money. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Haroldsen research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
V. Haroldsen Family History
For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Haroldsen ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Looking at Our Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Haroldsen family history.
VI. Networking with Haroldsen 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Haroldsen 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 Haroldsen ancestors.
VII. Haroldsen Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Haroldsen was the 43551st most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Haroldsen Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Haroldsen, 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 Haroldsen 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 "Haroldsen 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 Haroldsen reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Haroldsen genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 24/Apr/2014.
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