Welcome to the Cretchlow 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 Cretchlow 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 Cretchlow genealogy.
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I. The Cretchlow Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Cretchlow family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How common it is for Cretchlow siblings to have the same first name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
II. Cretchlow 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 Cretchlow ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Cretchlow my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
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 Cretchlow records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Cretchlow family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Cretchlow Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Cretchlow 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. Cretchlow DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Cretchlow 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 Cretchlow research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Cretchlow Family History
There is more to exploring your Cretchlow 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 How do I find my Cretchlow family history on the Internet? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Cretchlow Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Cretchlow surname, posting a message query can help you connect with distant cousins and others who may be working on the same lines, some of whom may have advanced the research or solved some of the hard problems, but are willing to share. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Cretchlow 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 Cretchlow ancestors.
VII. Cretchlow Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Cretchlow Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Cretchlow, 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 Cretchlow Family Reunions
One key to a successful Cretchlow reunion is preparation, and for the family researcher that means getting the word out in advance on what to bring (such as the family photo collection); arranging for the display of shared information; and planning activities conducive to sharing; and one of the best ways to get others to participate is in bringing something of your own to share such a picture pedigree, compiled family history or biographical sketch, or even a copies of a treasured photo as a gift for each family -- you may even want to consider putting together a reunion newsletter in advance to be distributed at the reunion, asking for help in solving one or more specific family mysteries: you never know who might have insight they are willing to share, one-on-one. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Cretchlow reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Cretchlow genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 25/May/2013.
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