Welcome to the Hodgen 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 Hodgen 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 Hodgen genealogy.
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I. The Hodgen Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Hodgen family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Hodgen brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
II. Hodgen Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Hodgen ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Hodgen births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Hodgen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Hodgen family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Hodgen Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Hodgen ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Hodgen 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 Hodgen family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Hodgen research?, then this FAQ may help.
V. Hodgen Family History
There is more to exploring your Hodgen 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 Hodgen ancestor? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Hodgen 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Hodgen 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 Hodgen ancestors.
VII. Hodgen Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Hodgen was the 63297th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Hodgen Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Hodgen, 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 Hodgen 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 "Hodgen 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Hodgen reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Hodgen genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 19/May/2013.
If you host the Hodgen 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.