Welcome to the Thoralsen 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 Thoralsen 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 Thoralsen genealogy.
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I. The Thoralsen Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Thoralsen family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Thoralsen 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 Thoralsen, it is possible that one of your Scandinavian/Danish ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Thoral." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
II. Thoralsen Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Thoralsen 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 Thoralsen 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 Thoralsen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Thoralsen family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Thoralsen Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Thoralsen last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Thoralsen 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. Thoralsen DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Thoralsen 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 Thoralsen research, read "When do you use DNA?".
V. Thoralsen Family History
There is more to exploring your Thoralsen ancestry than just gathering a bunch of names and dates. Understanding where your ancestors lived, how they were employed, and what they did for fun, may give you a better appreciation of your heritage. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How can I decipher the handwriting in old Thoralsen documents? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Thoralsen 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 Thoralsen 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 Thoralsen ancestors.
VII. Thoralsen Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Thoralsen Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Thoralsen, 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 Thoralsen 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 "Thoralsen 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 Thoralsen reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Thoralsen genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 23/May/2013.
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