Welcome to the Averdick 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 Averdick 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 Averdick genealogy.
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I. The Averdick Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Averdick family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I distinguish my Averdick ancestor from others of the same name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Averdick Ancestors
II. Averdick Genealogy
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 Averdick ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Finding Ancestors in County Court Minutes" can help accelerate your Averdick research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Averdick
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 Averdick records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Averdick family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Averdick Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Averdick 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.
IV. Averdick DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Averdick relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Averdick research, read "When do you use DNA?".
V. Averdick Family History
There is more to exploring your Averdick 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 Was my Averdick ancestor's name changed at Ellis Island? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Averdick 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 Averdick 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 Averdick ancestors.
VII. Averdick Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Averdick Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Averdick, 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 Averdick Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Averdick 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 Averdick reunion.
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