Welcome to the Wetzen 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 Wetzen 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 Wetzen genealogy.
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I. The Wetzen Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Wetzen family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Wetzen brick wall? Read "Soundex Sorts Out Family Names" for some helpful advice.
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II. Wetzen Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Wetzen 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 Wetzen research?, then read this frequently asked question.
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Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Wetzen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Wetzen family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Wetzen 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 Wetzen surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Wetzen 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 Wetzen 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 Wetzen research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Wetzen Family History
There is more to exploring your Wetzen 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 Wetzen ancestor? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Wetzen Researchers
In the course of genealogy research, collaboration is key -- we really cannot do it alone, and one of the great benefits of participating in community message boards is building relationships that not only enlightens our research but strengthens bonds across the miles. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Wetzen 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 Wetzen ancestors.
VII. Wetzen Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Wetzen Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Wetzen, 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 Wetzen Family Reunions
One key to a successful Wetzen reunion is preparation, and for the family researcher that means getting the word out in advance on what to bring (such as the family photo collection); arranging for the display of shared information; and planning activities conducive to sharing; and one of the best ways to get others to participate is in bringing something of your own to share such a picture pedigree, compiled family history or biographical sketch, or even a copies of a treasured photo as a gift for each family -- you may even want to consider putting together a reunion newsletter in advance to be distributed at the reunion, asking for help in solving one or more specific family mysteries: you never know who might have insight they are willing to share, one-on-one. The article "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Wetzen reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Wetzen genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 07/Dec/2013.
If you host the Wetzen blog or web page, please link to this surname-focused resource. Here's the HTML code for a basic link. Simply cut/paste this code on to your page.