Welcome to the Kerr 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 Kerr 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 Kerr genealogy.
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I. The Kerr Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Kerr family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Kerr brick wall? Read "Genealogical Research Habits" for some helpful advice.
II. Kerr Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Kerr 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 Kerr research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Kerr records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Kerr family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Kerr Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Kerr surname. Were you aware that Kerr 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. Kerr DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Kerr 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 Kerr research, read "When do you use DNA?".
V. Kerr Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Kerr 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 Kerr family history on the Internet? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Kerr Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Kerr 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Kerr 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 Kerr ancestors.
VII. Kerr Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Kerr was the 721st most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Kerr Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Kerr, 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 Kerr Family Reunions
One key to a successful Kerr 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 Kerr reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Kerr genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 23/May/2013.
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