Welcome to the Pharsen 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 Pharsen 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 Pharsen ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Pharsen Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Pharsen family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Pharsen brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Pharsen 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 Pharsen, it is possible that one of your Scandinavian/Danish ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Phar." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Pharsen ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know How do I find my Pharsen family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Pharsen
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Pharsen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Pharsen family history resource today.
Origins of the Pharsen Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Pharsen 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.
Pharsen DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Pharsen 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 Pharsen research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Pharsen Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Pharsen 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 "Faddish First Names" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Pharsen family history.
Networking with Pharsen 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 Pharsen 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 Pharsen ancestors.
Pharsen Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Pharsen Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Pharsen, 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 Pharsen Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Pharsen 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 Pharsen reunion.