Welcome to the Messon 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 Messon 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 Messon genealogy.
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I. The Messon Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Messon family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Messon brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
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II. Messon Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Messon 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 I locate old newspapers for Messon research?, then read this frequently asked question.
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Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Messon records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Messon family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Messon 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 Messon surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Messon DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Messon 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 are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Messon research?, then this FAQ may help.
V. Messon Family History
For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Messon ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Learning About Women - The Invisible Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Messon family history.
VI. Networking with Messon 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 Messon 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 Messon ancestors.
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VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Messon Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Messon, 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 Messon Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Messon 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 Messon reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Messon genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 07/Dec/2013.
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