Welcome to the Loerkey 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 Loerkey 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 Loerkey genealogy.
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I. The Loerkey Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Loerkey family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Loerkey brick wall? Read "Efficient and Effective Research Tips" for some helpful advice.
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II. Loerkey Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Loerkey ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Loerkey births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
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Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Loerkey records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Loerkey family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Loerkey Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Loerkey 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. Loerkey DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Loerkey 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 Loerkey research, read "When do you use DNA?".
V. Loerkey 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 Loerkey 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 "Finding The Family History" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Loerkey family history.
VI. Networking with Loerkey Researchers
When it comes families and genealogy research, it's important to remember that different people may have different information: some may even have inherited one-of-a-kind family documents or photos, and the best way to connect with these family members is by posting a message board query -- often in the process of collaboration, you can build a more complete picture of your ancestor or ancestral family. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Loerkey 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 Loerkey ancestors.
VII. Loerkey Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Loerkey Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Loerkey, 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 Loerkey 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 "Loerkey 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Loerkey reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Loerkey genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 18/Jun/2013.
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