Welcome to the Hernandez 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 Hernandez 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 Hernandez genealogy.
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I. The Hernandez Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Hernandez family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Hernandez brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
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 Hernandez, it is possible that one of your Hispanic ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Hernando." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
II. Hernandez Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Hernandez 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 Hernandez research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Hernandez records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Hernandez family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Hernandez Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Hernandez surname. Were you aware that Hernandez 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.
IV. Hernandez DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Hernandez 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 Hernandez research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Hernandez Family History
There is more to exploring your Hernandez 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 How can I decipher the handwriting in old Hernandez documents? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Hernandez 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Hernandez 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 Hernandez ancestors.
VII. Hernandez Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Hernandez was the 29th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Hernandez Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Hernandez, 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 Hernandez 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 "Hernandez 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 Hernandez reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Hernandez genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 21/May/2013.
If you host the Hernandez 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.