Welcome to the Erck 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 Erck 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 Erck genealogy.
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I. The Erck Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Erck 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 Erck are related? and you might be surprised at the answer.
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II. Erck 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 Erck ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Erck my ancestor in the SSDI?, 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 matching Erck records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Erck family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Erck Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Erck 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. Erck DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Erck ancestors were related, it can easily prove if they weren't. Be sure you understand what types of research issues each different DNA test can address before you spend any money. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Erck research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
V. Erck Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Erck 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 Erck family history on the Internet? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Erck 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 Erck 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 Erck ancestors.
VII. Erck Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Erck was the 51983rd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Erck Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Erck, 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 Erck Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Erck 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 Erck reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Erck genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 10/Dec/2013.
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