Welcome to the Johnson 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 Johnson 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 Johnson genealogy.
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I. The Johnson Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Johnson family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Johnson brick wall? Read "Searching and Organization" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Johnson 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 Johnson, it is possible that one of your English ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of John." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
II. Johnson Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Johnson ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Johnson births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Johnson
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Johnson records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Johnson family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Johnson Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Johnson last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Johnson ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Johnson 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. Johnson DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Johnson 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 Johnson research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Johnson Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Johnson 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 "Faddish First Names" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Johnson family history.
VI. Networking with Johnson Researchers
When you've come up against a brick wall in your genealogy research, posting a message board query can help; one of the biggest benefits is that message board queries are accessed through search engines, which means even someone not specifically engaged in genealogy but interested in your subject may find your query and bring valuable new information to the table -- it happens! The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Johnson 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 Johnson ancestors.
VII. Johnson Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Johnson was the 2nd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Johnson Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Johnson, 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 Johnson Family Reunions
Notifying everyone in advance to bring old photos and documents can bring big rewards, making a special place at the reunion (maybe even a special Johnson booth) where people can come at their leisure to sit, look and chat; in addition to information and clues that might be written on the back of a photo, every photograph has a story and serves as an excellent stimulus to recall -- people might comment not only on the people in the photo, but also on what's in the background, or they might have information around where the photo was taken or the event -- just be sure to have someone there to capture new information. The article "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Johnson reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Johnson 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/Jun/2013.
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