Welcome to the Zelickson 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 Zelickson 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 Zelickson genealogy.
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I. The Zelickson Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Zelickson family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. Have you struck a Zelickson brick wall? Read "Documenting Genealogical Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Zelickson 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 Zelickson, it is possible that one of your English ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Zelick." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
II. Zelickson Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Zelickson 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 Zelickson research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Zelickson
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 Zelickson records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Zelickson family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Zelickson Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Zelickson last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Zelickson 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. Zelickson DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Zelickson ancestors were related, it can easily prove if they weren't. Be sure you understand what types of research issues each different DNA test can address before you spend any money. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Zelickson research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
V. Zelickson Family History
There is more to exploring your Zelickson 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 How do I find my Zelickson family history on the Internet? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Zelickson Researchers
When you've come up against a brick wall in your genealogy research, posting a message board query can help; one of the biggest benefits is that message board queries are accessed through search engines, which means even someone not specifically engaged in genealogy but interested in your subject may find your query and bring valuable new information to the table -- it happens! The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Zelickson 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 Zelickson ancestors.
VII. Zelickson Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Zelickson Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Zelickson, 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 Zelickson 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 Zelickson 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Zelickson reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Zelickson genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 16/Apr/2014.
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