Welcome to the Heimensen 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 Heimensen 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 Heimensen ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Heimensen Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Heimensen family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Heimensen brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Heimensen 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 Heimensen, it is possible that one of your Scandinavian/Danish ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Heimen." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Keep an open mind when searching through Heimensen 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 Heimensen research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Heimensen
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Heimensen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Heimensen family history resource today.
Origins of the Heimensen Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Heimensen last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Heimensen 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.
Heimensen DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Heimensen 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 are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Heimensen research?, then this FAQ may help.
Heimensen Family History
There is more to exploring your Heimensen 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 Heimensen ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Heimensen Researchers
When digging deeper into your ancestor's occupation, a great way to connect with others of a similar interest -- many who might have detailed information, is by posting a message board query giving clear information as to your ancestor's name and the specific occupation or organization, in time and place. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Heimensen 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 Heimensen ancestors.
Heimensen Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Heimensen Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Heimensen, 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 recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.
Upcoming Heimensen 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 "Heimensen 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Heimensen reunion.