Welcome to the Thigssen 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 Thigssen 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 Thigssen genealogy.
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I. The Thigssen Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Thigssen family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Thigssen brick wall? Read "Schools Records Can Reveal A Lot About Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Thigssen 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 Thigssen, it is possible that one of your Scandinavian/Norwegian ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Thig." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
II. Thigssen Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Thigssen 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 Thigssen family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Thigssen
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Thigssen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Thigssen family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Thigssen Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Thigssen last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Thigssen 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.
IV. Thigssen 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 Thigssen family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Thigssen research?, then this FAQ may help.
V. Thigssen Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Thigssen 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 Thigssen family history.
VI. Networking with Thigssen Researchers
When it comes families and genealogy research, it's important to remember that different people may have different information: some may even have inherited one-of-a-kind family documents or photos, and the best way to connect with these family members is by posting a message board query -- often in the process of collaboration, you can build a more complete picture of your ancestor or ancestral family. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Thigssen 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 Thigssen ancestors.
VII. Thigssen Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Thigssen Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Thigssen, 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 Thigssen Family Reunions
Pedigree charts and family group records are important genealogical tools, so bringing or creating on site a big family pedigree (or family tree) is sure to draw attention; at the same time, have plenty of blank family group sheets available for individual families to complete and submit to go into a "Thigssen family record book," which you can then digitize and share -- you can then bring the physical book back to the next reunion, adding new families each time. The article "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Thigssen reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Thigssen genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 12/Dec/2013.
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