Welcome to the Vandebourgh 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 Vandebourgh 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 Vandebourgh genealogy.
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I. The Vandebourgh Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Vandebourgh family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do I begin my Vandebourgh family tree? and you might be surprised at the answer.
II. Vandebourgh Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Vandebourgh records. Years ago many people were unable to read and write, thus a given ancestor's name could be spelled in a variety of ways depending on who recorded it. If you want to know How can I locate old newspapers for Vandebourgh research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Vital records are essential for family history research because they were typically created at or near the time of the event, making the record more reliable. There are currently matching Vandebourgh records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Vandebourgh family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Vandebourgh Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Vandebourgh ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Vandebourgh DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Vandebourgh 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 Vandebourgh research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
V. Vandebourgh Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Vandebourgh 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 "Orphans and Illegitimate Children" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Vandebourgh family history.
VI. Networking with Vandebourgh 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Vandebourgh 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 Vandebourgh ancestors.
VII. Vandebourgh Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Vandebourgh Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Vandebourgh, 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 Vandebourgh 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 "Vandebourgh 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Vandebourgh reunion.
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