Welcome to the Egarton 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 Egarton 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 Egarton genealogy.
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I. The Egarton Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Egarton 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 Egarton are related? and you might be surprised at the answer.
II. Egarton Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Egarton 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 the census help in locating my Egarton ancestor's marriage record?, 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 Egarton records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Egarton family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Egarton Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Egarton 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. Egarton DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Egarton relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Egarton research, read "When do you use DNA?".
V. Egarton Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Egarton 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 "Traditions, Traditions, Traditions" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Egarton family history.
VI. Networking with Egarton 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 Egarton 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 Egarton ancestors.
VII. Egarton Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Egarton Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Egarton, 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 Egarton Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Egarton 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 Egarton reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Egarton 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.
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