Welcome to the Eric 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 Eric 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 Eric genealogy.
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I. The Eric Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Eric 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 Eric are related? and you might be surprised at the answer.
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II. Eric 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 Eric ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Eric 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 Eric records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Eric family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Eric Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Eric last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Eric ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Eric 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 Eric 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 Eric research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
V. Eric Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Eric 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 Eric family history on the Internet? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Eric 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Eric 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 Eric ancestors.
VII. Eric Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Eric was the 64275th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Eric Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Eric, 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 Eric Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Eric 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Eric reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Eric genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 19/Jun/2013.
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