Welcome to the Bertea 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 Bertea 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 Bertea genealogy.
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I. The Bertea Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Bertea 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 Bertea ancestor? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Bertea Ancestors
II. Bertea Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Bertea 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 Bertea research?, then read this frequently asked question.
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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 Bertea records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Bertea family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Bertea 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 Bertea surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Bertea DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Bertea 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 Bertea research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Bertea Family History
There is more to exploring your Bertea 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 Bertea ancestor? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Bertea 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 Bertea 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 Bertea ancestors.
VII. Bertea Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Bertea Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Bertea, 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 Bertea 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 Bertea 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 Bertea reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Bertea genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 05/Dec/2013.
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