Welcome to the Laurenson 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 Laurenson 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 Laurenson ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Laurenson Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Laurenson family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Laurenson brick wall? Read "Efficient and Effective Research Tips" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Laurenson 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 Laurenson, it is possible that one of your English ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Lauren." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Keep an open mind when searching through Laurenson 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 city directories be used to help my Laurenson research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Laurenson
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Laurenson records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Laurenson family history resource today.
Origins of the Laurenson 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 Laurenson surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Laurenson DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Laurenson relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Laurenson research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Laurenson Family History
There is more to exploring your Laurenson 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 Laurenson ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Laurenson Researchers
When it comes families and genealogy research, it's important to remember that different people may have different information: some may even have inherited one-of-a-kind family documents or photos, and the best way to connect with these family members is by posting a message board query -- often in the process of collaboration, you can build a more complete picture of your ancestor or ancestral family. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Laurenson 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 Laurenson ancestors.
Laurenson Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Laurenson Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Laurenson, 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 recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.
Upcoming Laurenson 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 "Laurenson 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Laurenson reunion.