Welcome to the De Berkeley 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 De Berkeley 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 De Berkeley genealogy.
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I. The De Berkeley Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single De Berkeley family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do I begin my De Berkeley family tree? and you might be surprised at the answer.
II. De Berkeley Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through De Berkeley 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 De Berkeley research?, 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 De Berkeley records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online De Berkeley family history resource today.
III. Origins of the De Berkeley Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your De Berkeley 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. De Berkeley 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 De Berkeley 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 De Berkeley research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
V. De Berkeley Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your De Berkeley ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Using Social History To Fill In The Gaps In Family Histories" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your De Berkeley family history.
VI. Networking with De Berkeley Researchers
When it comes families and genealogy research, it's important to remember that different people may have different information: some may even have inherited one-of-a-kind family documents or photos, and the best way to connect with these family members is by posting a message board query -- often in the process of collaboration, you can build a more complete picture of your ancestor or ancestral family. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful De Berkeley 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 De Berkeley ancestors.
VII. De Berkeley Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with De Berkeley Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of De Berkeley, 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 De Berkeley Family Reunions
Pedigree charts and family group records are important genealogical tools, so bringing or creating on site a big family pedigree (or family tree) is sure to draw attention; at the same time, have plenty of blank family group sheets available for individual families to complete and submit to go into a "De Berkeley family record book," which you can then digitize and share -- you can then bring the physical book back to the next reunion, adding new families each time. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful De Berkeley reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the De Berkeley genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 21/May/2013.
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