Welcome to the Edge 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 Edge 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 Edge genealogy.
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I. The Edge Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Edge family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do you find out if two people named Edge are related? and you might be surprised at the answer.
II. Edge Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Edge 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 find where my Edge ancestor is buried?, 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 Edge records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Edge family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Edge Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Edge ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Edge is a common Quaker surname? The article "Tracing Quaker Ancestors" 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. Edge 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 Edge 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 Edge research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
V. Edge Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Edge ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my Edge family history on the Internet? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Edge Researchers
If you are doing genealogy research in a particular town or region distant from where you live, you may want to consider posting a message board query requesting a lookup; often local volunteers or residents are willing to lend a hand, but remember to be specific in your request and be respectful of others' time. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Edge 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 Edge ancestors.
VII. Edge Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Edge was the 3010th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Edge Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Edge, 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 Edge Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Edge family history, which provides opportunities to share stories and visit cemeteries or old home sites; you may even want to consider as a one-day activity, having each family take on the task of gathering information from the local courthouse, school district, public library, etc. -- this, of course, requires advance planning and assignment, but could generate considerable interest and results. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Edge reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Edge genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 18/May/2013.
If you host the Edge blog or web page, please link to this surname-focused resource. Here's the HTML code for a basic link. Simply cut/paste this code on to your page.