Welcome to the Lodgson 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 Lodgson 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 Lodgson ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Lodgson Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Lodgson family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Lodgson brick wall? Read "Efficient and Effective Research Tips" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Lodgson 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 Lodgson, it is possible that one of your English ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Lodg." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Lodgson ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Lodgson births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Lodgson
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Lodgson records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Lodgson family history resource today.
Origins of the Lodgson Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Lodgson 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.
Lodgson 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 Lodgson 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 Lodgson research?, then this FAQ may help.
Lodgson Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Lodgson 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 Lodgson family history.
Networking with Lodgson 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Lodgson 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 Lodgson ancestors.
Lodgson Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Lodgson Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Lodgson, 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."
Upcoming Lodgson 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 "Lodgson 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 Lodgson reunion.