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The Edgerton Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Edgerton 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 Edgerton 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 Edgerton genealogy.

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I. The Edgerton Family Tree

It is important to remember that there is no single Edgerton 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 Edgerton are related? and you might be surprised at the answer.

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II. Edgerton Genealogy

Keep an open mind when searching through Edgerton 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 Edgerton ancestor is buried?, then read this frequently asked question.

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

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III. Origins of the Edgerton Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Edgerton 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. Edgerton 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 Edgerton 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 Edgerton research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".

V. Edgerton Family History

Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Edgerton 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 Edgerton family history.

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VI. Networking with Edgerton 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 Edgerton 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 Edgerton ancestors.

VII. Edgerton Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Edgerton was the 6706th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Edgerton Research

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

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IX. Upcoming Edgerton Family Reunions

Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Edgerton 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 Edgerton reunion.

 

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