Welcome to the Thijssen 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 Thijssen 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 Thijssen ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Thijssen Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Thijssen family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Thijssen brick wall? Read "Schools Records Can Reveal A Lot About Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Thijssen 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 Thijssen, it is possible that one of your Scandinavian/Norwegian ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Thij." 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 Thijssen 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 Thijssen family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Thijssen
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Thijssen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Thijssen family history resource today.
Origins of the Thijssen Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Thijssen last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Thijssen 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.
Thijssen DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Thijssen 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 Thijssen research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
Thijssen Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Thijssen 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 Thijssen family history.
Networking with Thijssen 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 Thijssen 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 Thijssen ancestors.
Thijssen Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Thijssen Research
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Upcoming Thijssen 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 "Thijssen 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 Thijssen reunion.