Welcome to the Mastenson 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 Mastenson 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 Mastenson ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Mastenson Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Mastenson family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Mastenson brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Mastenson 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 Mastenson, it is possible that one of your English ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Masten." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Keep an open mind when searching through Mastenson 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 Mastenson research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Mastenson
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Mastenson records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Mastenson family history resource today.
Origins of the Mastenson 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 Mastenson surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Mastenson DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Mastenson 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 Mastenson research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Mastenson Family History
There is more to exploring your Mastenson 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 Mastenson ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Mastenson Researchers
If you are doing genealogy research in a particular town or region distant from where you live, you may want to consider posting a message board query requesting a lookup; often local volunteers or residents are willing to lend a hand, but remember to be specific in your request and be respectful of others' time. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Mastenson 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 Mastenson ancestors.
Mastenson Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Mastenson Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Mastenson, 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."
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Upcoming Mastenson Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Mastenson family history, which provides opportunities to share stories and visit cemeteries or old home sites; you may even want to consider as a one-day activity, having each family take on the task of gathering information from the local courthouse, school district, public library, etc. -- this, of course, requires advance planning and assignment, but could generate considerable interest and results. The article "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Mastenson reunion.