Welcome to the Vandersen 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 Vandersen 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 Vandersen ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Vandersen Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Vandersen family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do I begin my Vandersen family tree? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Vandersen 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 Vandersen, it is possible that one of your Scandinavian/Danish ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Vander." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Keep an open mind when searching through Vandersen 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 Vandersen research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Vandersen
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 Vandersen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Vandersen family history resource today.
Origins of the Vandersen Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Vandersen surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Vandersen DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Vandersen 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 are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Vandersen research?, then this FAQ may help.
Vandersen Family History
There is more to exploring your Vandersen 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 Where can I find a biography of my Vandersen ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Vandersen 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Vandersen 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 Vandersen ancestors.
Vandersen Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Vandersen Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Vandersen, 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 Vandersen 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 "Vandersen 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Vandersen reunion.