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The Hancock Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Hancock 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 Hancock 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 Hancock genealogy.

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I. The Hancock Family Tree

Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Hancock family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Hancock brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Hancock Ancestors

II. Hancock Genealogy

Keep an open mind when searching through Hancock 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 city directories be used to help my Hancock research?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Hancock

Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently count of matching Hancock records matching Hancock records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Hancock family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

III. Origins of the Hancock Surname

It is quite possible for two people with the Hancock last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Hancock ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Hancock is considered a very common surname, which offers its own set of challenges? The article "Researching Common Names" 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. Hancock 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 Hancock 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 Hancock research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".

V. Hancock Family History

For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Hancock ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Learning About Women - The Invisible Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Hancock family history.

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with Hancock Researchers

When digging deeper into your ancestor's occupation, a great way to connect with others of a similar interest -- many who might have detailed information, is by posting a message board query giving clear information as to your ancestor's name and the specific occupation or organization, in time and place. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Hancock 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 Hancock ancestors.

VII. Hancock Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Hancock was the 546th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Hancock Research

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

RootsWeb search of US Naturalization Records
RootsWeb search of Obituary Daily Times
RootsWeb search of Social Security Death Index

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 Hancock Family Reunions

Pedigree charts and family group records are important genealogical tools, so bringing or creating on site a big family pedigree (or family tree) is sure to draw attention; at the same time, have plenty of blank family group sheets available for individual families to complete and submit to go into a "Hancock family record book," which you can then digitize and share -- you can then bring the physical book back to the next reunion, adding new families each time. The article "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Hancock reunion.

 

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