Welcome to the Palmer 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 Palmer 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 Palmer genealogy.
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I. The Palmer Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Palmer family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Palmer brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
II. Palmer Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Palmer 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 Palmer research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Palmer records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Palmer family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Palmer Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Palmer last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Palmer ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Palmer 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. Palmer DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Palmer 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 are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Palmer research?, then this FAQ may help.
V. Palmer Family History
There is more to exploring your Palmer 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 Palmer ancestor? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Palmer 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 Palmer 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 Palmer ancestors.
VII. Palmer Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Palmer was the 151st most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Palmer Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Palmer, 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 Palmer Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Palmer 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Palmer reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Palmer genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 24/May/2013.
If you host the Palmer blog or web page, please link to this surname-focused resource. Here's the HTML code for a basic link. Simply cut/paste this code on to your page.