Welcome to the Vandehelzeh 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 Vandehelzeh 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 Vandehelzeh genealogy.
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I. The Vandehelzeh Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Vandehelzeh family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do I begin my Vandehelzeh family tree? and you might be surprised at the answer.
II. Vandehelzeh Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Vandehelzeh 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 Vandehelzeh 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 Vandehelzeh records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Vandehelzeh family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Vandehelzeh Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Vandehelzeh last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Vandehelzeh 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. Vandehelzeh 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 Vandehelzeh 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 Vandehelzeh research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
V. Vandehelzeh 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 Vandehelzeh 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 "Looking at Our Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Vandehelzeh family history.
VI. Networking with Vandehelzeh 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 Vandehelzeh 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 Vandehelzeh ancestors.
VII. Vandehelzeh Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Vandehelzeh Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Vandehelzeh, 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 Vandehelzeh 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 "Vandehelzeh 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Vandehelzeh reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Vandehelzeh 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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