Welcome to the Orson 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 Orson 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 Orson genealogy.
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I. The Orson Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Orson family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Orson brick wall? Read "Know Where to Begin Your Genealogical Search" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Orson Ancestors
II. Orson Genealogy
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Orson ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Orson my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Orson
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Orson records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Orson family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Orson 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 Orson surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Orson DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Orson 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 Orson research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
V. Orson 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 Orson 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 "The Role Of History In Genealogical Research" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Orson family history.
VI. Networking with Orson Researchers
In the course of genealogy research, collaboration is key -- we really cannot do it alone, and one of the great benefits of participating in community message boards is building relationships that not only enlightens our research but strengthens bonds across the miles. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Orson 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 Orson ancestors.
VII. Orson Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Orson was the 69423rd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Orson Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Orson, 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 Orson Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Orson 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 Orson reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Orson 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.
If you host the Orson blog or web page, please link to this surname-focused resource. Here's the HTML code for a basic link. Simply cut/paste this code on to your page.