Welcome to the Hendeson 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 Hendeson 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 Hendeson genealogy.
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I. The Hendeson Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Hendeson family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Hendeson brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Hendeson 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 Hendeson, it is possible that one of your English ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Hende." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
II. Hendeson Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Hendeson 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 Hendeson research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Hendeson
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Hendeson records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Hendeson family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Hendeson Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Hendeson last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Hendeson 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.
IV. Hendeson 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 Hendeson 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 Hendeson research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
V. Hendeson Family History
There is more to exploring your Hendeson 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 Hendeson ancestor? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Hendeson 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 Hendeson 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 Hendeson ancestors.
VII. Hendeson Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Hendeson was the 72046th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Hendeson Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Hendeson, 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 Hendeson 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 "Hendeson 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 Hendeson reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Hendeson genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 06/Dec/2013.
If you host the Hendeson 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.