Welcome to the Thopson 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 Thopson 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 Thopson genealogy.
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I. The Thopson Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Thopson family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Thopson brick wall? Read "Schools Records Can Reveal A Lot About Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
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 Thopson, it is possible that one of your English ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Thop." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
II. Thopson Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Thopson 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 Thopson family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Thopson records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Thopson family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Thopson Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Thopson last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Thopson 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. Thopson DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Thopson 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 Thopson research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
V. Thopson Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Thopson 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 Thopson family history.
VI. Networking with Thopson 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 Thopson 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 Thopson ancestors.
VII. Thopson Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Thopson Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Thopson, 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 Thopson 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 "Thopson 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Thopson reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Thopson genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 19/May/2013.
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