Welcome to the Nelso 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 Nelso 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 Nelso ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Nelso Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Nelso family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Nelso brick wall? Read "The 12 Essential Skills for Family Genealogists" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Nelso Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Nelso 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 Nelso research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Nelso
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Nelso records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Nelso family history resource today.
Origins of the Nelso Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Nelso last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Nelso 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.
Nelso DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Nelso 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 Nelso research?, then this FAQ may help.
Nelso 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 Nelso 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 Nelso family history.
Networking with Nelso 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 Nelso 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 Nelso ancestors.
Nelso Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Nelso Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Nelso, 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 Nelso 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 Nelso 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 Nelso reunion.