Welcome to the Vannugteren 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 Vannugteren 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 Vannugteren genealogy.
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I. The Vannugteren Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Vannugteren family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Vannugteren brick wall? Read "The 12 Essential Skills for Family Genealogists" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Vannugteren Ancestors
II. Vannugteren Genealogy
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Vannugteren ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Digital Books and Microfilm" can help accelerate your Vannugteren research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Vannugteren
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Vannugteren records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Vannugteren family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Vannugteren Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Vannugteren 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. Vannugteren DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Vannugteren 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 Vannugteren research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Vannugteren Family History
There is more to exploring your Vannugteren 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 Vannugteren ancestor? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Vannugteren Researchers
As genealogy researchers, we are eternally grateful to come upon information shared by others that enlightens our research; and we can reciprocate by paying it forward in responding to message board queries and sharing our own information that others in down the road or in future generations may benefit. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Vannugteren 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 Vannugteren ancestors.
VII. Vannugteren Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Vannugteren Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Vannugteren, 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 Vannugteren Family Reunions
Notifying everyone in advance to bring old photos and documents can bring big rewards, making a special place at the reunion (maybe even a special Vannugteren booth) where people can come at their leisure to sit, look and chat; in addition to information and clues that might be written on the back of a photo, every photograph has a story and serves as an excellent stimulus to recall -- people might comment not only on the people in the photo, but also on what's in the background, or they might have information around where the photo was taken or the event -- just be sure to have someone there to capture new information. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Vannugteren reunion.
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