Welcome to the Archer 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 Archer 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 Archer ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Archer Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Archer family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I distinguish my Archer ancestor from others of the same name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Archer 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 Archer ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Archer my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Archer
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 Archer records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Archer family history resource today.
Origins of the Archer Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Archer 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 British Family Names: Their Origin and Meaning [page 84], the surname ARCHER is defined as N.-Fr. L'Archer; a p. n.
Archer DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Archer 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 Archer research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Archer Family History
There is more to exploring your Archer 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 Archer ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Archer Researchers
One of the best ways to solve a genealogy problem is by enlisting the help of others through a message board query that is open to the public, allowing you to cast a wide net that can be accessed by anyone, around the world and around the clock --- at the same time, because it is a public forum, you will want to exercise caution in posting personal information or information about living persons. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Archer 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 Archer ancestors.
Archer Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Archer was the 1019th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Archer Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Archer, 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."
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Recently Discovered ARCHER Clippings and Mentions
Upcoming Archer Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Archer family members; you may want to consider a roundtable where you can gather different groups together at different times such as siblings to discuss their parents and childhood memories, cousins, aunts and uncles to discuss the grandparent generation, etc. - the collective memory and stimulus of shared experience can yield considerable information. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Archer reunion.