Welcome to the Nelsen 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 Nelsen 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 Nelsen ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Nelsen Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Nelsen family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Nelsen brick wall? Read "The 12 Essential Skills for Family Genealogists" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Nelsen Ancestors
Patronymics is the practice of naming children using the given name (sometimes in a contracted form) of the father, grandfather, or other male ancestor followed by a suffix. In the case of Nelsen, it is possible that one of your Scandinavian/Danish ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Neal." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Keep an open mind when searching through Nelsen 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 Nelsen research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Nelsen
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Nelsen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Nelsen family history resource today.
Origins of the Nelsen Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Nelsen last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Nelsen 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.
Nelsen DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Nelsen 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 Nelsen research?, then this FAQ may help.
Nelsen Family History
There is more to exploring your Nelsen 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 Nelsen ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Nelsen 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 Nelsen 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 Nelsen ancestors.
Nelsen Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Nelsen was the 5944th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Nelsen Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Nelsen, 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 Nelsen 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 Nelsen 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 Nelsen reunion.