Welcome to the Hendrik 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 Hendrik 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 Hendrik genealogy.
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I. The Hendrik Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Hendrik family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Hendrik brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
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II. Hendrik Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Hendrik 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 Hendrik research?, then read this frequently asked question.
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Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Hendrik records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Hendrik family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Hendrik Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Hendrik last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Hendrik 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. Hendrik 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 Hendrik 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 Hendrik research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
V. Hendrik Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Hendrik 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 Hendrik family history.
VI. Networking with Hendrik 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 Hendrik 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 Hendrik ancestors.
VII. Hendrik Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Hendrik was the 72044th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Hendrik Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Hendrik, 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 Hendrik 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 "Hendrik 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 Hendrik reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Hendrik genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 12/Dec/2013.
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