Welcome to the Vandegevel 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 Vandegevel 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 Vandegevel ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Vandegevel Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Vandegevel family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do I begin my Vandegevel family tree? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Vandegevel Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Vandegevel 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 Vandegevel research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Vandegevel
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 Vandegevel records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Vandegevel family history resource today.
Origins of the Vandegevel Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Vandegevel 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.
Vandegevel DNA Projects
Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your Vandegevel family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Vandegevel research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Vandegevel Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Vandegevel 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 "Why Research Doesn't Work" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Vandegevel family history.
Networking with Vandegevel 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 Vandegevel 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 Vandegevel ancestors.
Vandegevel Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Vandegevel Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Vandegevel, 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."
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Upcoming Vandegevel 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 "Vandegevel 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 Vandegevel reunion.