Welcome to the Blake 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 Blake 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 Blake ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Blake Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Blake 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 Blake ancestor? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Blake Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Blake ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know What information is given in U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules about Blake citizens from the past?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Blake
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 Blake records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Blake family history resource today.
Origins of the Blake Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Blake ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Blake is considered a very common surname, which offers its own set of challenges? The article "Researching Common Names" may be helpful for your research. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
According to An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names [page 72], the surname BLAKE is defined as A corruption of the British Ap Lake, from Ap, signifying from, or son, and Lake, -- the son of Lake. The family went into Ireland with Strongbow, where the name became corrupted into Blake. Ap Lake was one of the knights of Arthur's Round Table.
Blake DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Blake 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 Blake research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Blake Family History
There is more to exploring your Blake 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 Blake ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Blake 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Blake 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 Blake ancestors.
Blake Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Blake was the 403rd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Blake Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Blake, 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 BLAKE Clippings and Mentions
Upcoming Blake 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 Blake 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Blake reunion.