Welcome to the Meeker 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 Meeker 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 Meeker ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Meeker Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Meeker family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Meeker brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Meeker Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Meeker 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 Meeker research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Meeker
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Meeker records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Meeker family history resource today.
Origins of the Meeker Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Meeker 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.
Meeker DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Meeker 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 Meeker research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Meeker Family History
There is more to exploring your Meeker 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 Meeker ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Meeker 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Meeker 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 Meeker ancestors.
Meeker Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Meeker was the 3764th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Meeker Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Meeker, 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."
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Upcoming Meeker Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Meeker 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Meeker reunion.