Welcome to the Decker surname checklist page.

The Decker Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Decker 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 Decker 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 Decker genealogy.

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I. The Decker Family Tree

It is important to remember that there is no single Decker family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do I begin my Decker family tree? and you might be surprised at the answer.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Decker Ancestors

II. Decker Genealogy

Keep an open mind when searching through Decker 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 Decker research?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Decker

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 count of matching Decker records matching Decker records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Decker family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

III. Origins of the Decker Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Decker ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Decker 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.

IV. Decker DNA Projects

While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Decker 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 Decker research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".

V. Decker Family History

There is more to exploring your Decker 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 Decker ancestor? is always useful.

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with Decker 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 Decker 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 Decker ancestors.

VII. Decker Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Decker was the 637th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Decker Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Decker, 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."

RootsWeb search of US Naturalization Records
RootsWeb search of Obituary Daily Times
RootsWeb search of Social Security Death Index

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 Decker 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 "Decker 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 Decker reunion.

 

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Surname Finder, Decker Surname Checklist [on-line resource], New Providence, NJ, USA: Genealogy Today LLC, 1998-2014.

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