Welcome to the Dudek surname checklist page.

The Dudek Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Dudek 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 Dudek 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 Dudek genealogy.

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I. The Dudek Family Tree

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

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Dudek Ancestors

II. Dudek 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 Dudek 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 Dudek research.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Dudek

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 Dudek records matching Dudek records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Dudek family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

III. Origins of the Dudek Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Dudek ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Dudek is a common Polish surname? The article "Pursuing Polish" 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. Dudek 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 Dudek 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 Dudek research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".

V. Dudek Family History

For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Dudek ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Finding The Family History" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Dudek family history.

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with Dudek 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 Dudek 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 Dudek ancestors.

VII. Dudek Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Dudek was the 7544th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Dudek Research

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

 

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

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