Welcome to the Berchens 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 Berchens 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 Berchens ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Berchens Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Berchens 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 Berchens ancestor? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Berchens Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Berchens 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 Berchens research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Berchens
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 Berchens records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Berchens family history resource today.
Origins of the Berchens Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Berchens surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Berchens 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 Berchens 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 Berchens research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
Berchens Family History
For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Berchens ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Researching Criminal Records" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Berchens family history.
Networking with Berchens 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Berchens 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 Berchens ancestors.
Berchens Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Berchens Research
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Upcoming Berchens 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 Berchens 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Berchens reunion.