Welcome to the Heinricksen 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 Heinricksen 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 Heinricksen ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Heinricksen Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Heinricksen family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Heinricksen brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Heinricksen 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 Heinricksen, it is possible that one of your Scandinavian/Danish ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Heinrick." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Keep an open mind when searching through Heinricksen 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 Heinricksen research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Heinricksen
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Heinricksen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Heinricksen family history resource today.
Origins of the Heinricksen Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Heinricksen last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Heinricksen 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.
Heinricksen DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Heinricksen 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 Heinricksen research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Heinricksen Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Heinricksen 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 "Using Social History To Fill In The Gaps In Family Histories" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Heinricksen family history.
Networking with Heinricksen 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 Heinricksen 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 Heinricksen ancestors.
Heinricksen Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Heinricksen Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Heinricksen, 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 Heinricksen 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 "Heinricksen 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 Heinricksen reunion.