Welcome to the Hendricksen 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 Hendricksen 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 Hendricksen ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Hendricksen Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Hendricksen family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Hendricksen brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Hendricksen 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 Hendricksen, it is possible that one of your Scandinavian/Danish ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Hendrick." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Keep an open mind when searching through Hendricksen 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 Hendricksen research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Hendricksen
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Hendricksen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Hendricksen family history resource today.
Origins of the Hendricksen Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Hendricksen last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Hendricksen 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.
Hendricksen 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 Hendricksen 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 Hendricksen research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
Hendricksen Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Hendricksen 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 Hendricksen family history.
Networking with Hendricksen 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 Hendricksen 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 Hendricksen ancestors.
Hendricksen Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Hendricksen was the 72045th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Hendricksen Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Hendricksen, 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."
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Upcoming Hendricksen 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 "Hendricksen 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 Hendricksen reunion.