Welcome to the Breese 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 Breese 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 Breese ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Breese Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Breese family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I find the second married name of a female Breese ancestor? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Breese Ancestors
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 Breese ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Breese my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Breese
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 Breese records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Breese family history resource today.
Origins of the Breese Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Breese 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.
According to An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names [page 78], the surname BREESE is defined as A contraction of Ap Reese, the son of Reese, or Rice (which see); so Bevan from Ap Evan, Brice from Ap Rice, etc. Brys, Welsh, agility, quickness; Breese, local, a small territory in Burgundy, France.
Breese 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 Breese 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 Breese research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Breese Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Breese ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Faddish First Names" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Breese family history.
Networking with Breese 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Breese 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 Breese ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with Breese Research
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Upcoming Breese 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 Breese 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 Breese reunion.