Welcome to the Pattinson 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 Pattinson 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 Pattinson genealogy.
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I. The Pattinson Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Pattinson family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Pattinson brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
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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 Pattinson, it is possible that one of your English ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Pattin." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
II. Pattinson Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Pattinson 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 city directories be used to help my Pattinson research?, then read this frequently asked question.
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Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Pattinson records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Pattinson family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Pattinson 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 Pattinson surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Pattinson DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Pattinson 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're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Pattinson research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Pattinson 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 Pattinson 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 "Our Ancestors Paid Taxes" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Pattinson family history.
VI. Networking with Pattinson Researchers
When digging deeper into your ancestor's occupation, a great way to connect with others of a similar interest -- many who might have detailed information, is by posting a message board query giving clear information as to your ancestor's name and the specific occupation or organization, in time and place. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Pattinson 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 Pattinson ancestors.
VII. Pattinson Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Pattinson was the 80022nd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Pattinson Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Pattinson, 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 Pattinson Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Pattinson 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Pattinson reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Pattinson genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 10/Dec/2013.
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