Welcome to the Thowildsen 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 Thowildsen 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 Thowildsen ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Thowildsen Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Thowildsen family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Thowildsen brick wall? Read "Schools Records Can Reveal A Lot About Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Thowildsen 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 Thowildsen, it is possible that one of your Scandinavian/Danish ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Thowild." 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 Thowildsen 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 Thowildsen family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Thowildsen
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Thowildsen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Thowildsen family history resource today.
Origins of the Thowildsen Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Thowildsen last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Thowildsen 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.
Thowildsen DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Thowildsen 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 Thowildsen research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Thowildsen Family History
For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Thowildsen ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Our Ancestors Paid Taxes" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Thowildsen family history.
Networking with Thowildsen 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 Thowildsen 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 Thowildsen ancestors.
Thowildsen Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Thowildsen Research
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Upcoming Thowildsen 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 "Thowildsen 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 Thowildsen reunion.