Welcome to the Henderson 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 Henderson 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 Henderson ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Henderson Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Henderson family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Henderson brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Henderson Ancestors
Patronymics is the practice of naming children using the given name (sometimes in a contracted form) of the father, grandfather, or other male ancestor followed by a suffix. In the case of Henderson, it is possible that one of your English ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Henry." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Keep an open mind when searching through Henderson 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 Henderson research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Henderson
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Henderson records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Henderson family history resource today.
Origins of the Henderson Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Henderson last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Henderson ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Henderson 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.
Henderson 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 Henderson 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 Henderson research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
Henderson Family History
There is more to exploring your Henderson 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 Henderson ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Henderson 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 Henderson 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 Henderson ancestors.
Henderson Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Henderson was the 81st most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Henderson Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Henderson, 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 recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.
Recently Discovered HENDERSON Clippings and Mentions
Upcoming Henderson 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 "Henderson 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 Henderson reunion.