The Kennedy Genealogy and Family Tree Page

Welcome to the Kennedy Family page at Surname Finder, a service of Genealogy Today. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Kennedy surname. As additional sources for vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Kennedy ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!

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The Kennedy Family Tree

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

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Kennedy Ancestors

Kennedy Genealogy

Keep an open mind when searching through Kennedy 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 locate old newspapers for Kennedy research?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Kennedy

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

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Kennedy Surname

It is quite possible for two people with the Kennedy last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Kennedy ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Kennedy is a common Irish surname? The article "The Luck of the Irish Research" 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.

Kennedy DNA Projects

While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Kennedy 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 Kennedy research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".

Kennedy Family History

There is more to exploring your Kennedy ancestry than just gathering a bunch of names and dates. Understanding where your ancestors lived, how they were employed, and what they did for fun, may give you a better appreciation of your heritage. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing Where can I find a biography of my Kennedy ancestor? is always useful.

Photo Collections

Networking with Kennedy Researchers

In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Kennedy surname, posting a message query can help you connect with distant cousins and others who may be working on the same lines, some of whom may have advanced the research or solved some of the hard problems, but are willing to share. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Kennedy 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 Kennedy ancestors.

Kennedy Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Kennedy was the 137th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

Web Sites & Blogs with Kennedy Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Kennedy, 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

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Recently Discovered KENNEDY Clippings and Mentions

Upcoming Kennedy Family Reunions

One key to a successful Kennedy reunion is preparation, and for the family researcher that means getting the word out in advance on what to bring (such as the family photo collection); arranging for the display of shared information; and planning activities conducive to sharing; and one of the best ways to get others to participate is in bringing something of your own to share such a picture pedigree, compiled family history or biographical sketch, or even a copies of a treasured photo as a gift for each family -- you may even want to consider putting together a reunion newsletter in advance to be distributed at the reunion, asking for help in solving one or more specific family mysteries: you never know who might have insight they are willing to share, one-on-one. The article "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Kennedy reunion.

See Also

Kenedy   Kinnedy   Kennedey   Kenneda   Kenned   McKennedy  

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Surname Finder, The Kennedy Genealogy and Family Tree Page [on-line resource], New Providence, NJ, USA: Genealogy Today LLC, 2014.

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