Welcome to the Neilson 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 Neilson 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 Neilson ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Neilson Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Neilson family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Neilson brick wall? Read "The 12 Essential Skills for Family Genealogists" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Neilson 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 Neilson, it is possible that one of your English ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Neil." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Keep an open mind when searching through Neilson 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 Neilson research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Neilson
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Neilson records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Neilson family history resource today.
Origins of the Neilson Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Neilson last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Neilson ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Neilson DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Neilson 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 Neilson research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Neilson Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Neilson 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 Neilson family history.
Networking with Neilson Researchers
As genealogy researchers, we are eternally grateful to come upon information shared by others that enlightens our research; and we can reciprocate by paying it forward in responding to message board queries and sharing our own information that others in down the road or in future generations may benefit. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Neilson 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 Neilson ancestors.
Neilson Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Neilson was the 5149th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Neilson Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Neilson, 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 Neilson 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 Neilson 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 Neilson reunion.