Welcome to the Pederson 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 Pederson 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 Pederson ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Pederson Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Pederson family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Pederson brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Pederson 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 Pederson, it is possible that one of your English ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Peder." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Keep an open mind when searching through Pederson 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 Pederson research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Pederson
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Pederson records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Pederson family history resource today.
Origins of the Pederson Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Pederson ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Pederson DNA Projects
Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your Pederson family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Pederson research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Pederson Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Pederson 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 "Using Social History To Fill In The Gaps In Family Histories" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Pederson family history.
Networking with Pederson 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Pederson 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 Pederson ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with Pederson Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Pederson, 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 Pederson Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Pederson 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Pederson reunion.