Welcome to the Duddey 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 Duddey 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 Duddey genealogy.
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I. The Duddey Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Duddey family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do I begin my Duddey family tree? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Duddey Ancestors
II. Duddey 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 Duddey ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Digital Books and Microfilm" can help accelerate your Duddey research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Duddey
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 Duddey records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Duddey family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Duddey Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Duddey 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. Duddey 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 Duddey 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 Duddey research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
V. Duddey Family History
There is more to exploring your Duddey 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 Duddey ancestor? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Duddey 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 Duddey 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 Duddey ancestors.
VII. Duddey Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Duddey Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Duddey, 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 Duddey 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 "Duddey 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 Duddey reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Duddey genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 06/Dec/2013.
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