Welcome to the Peck 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 Peck 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 Peck ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Peck Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Peck family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Peck brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Peck Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Peck 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 Peck research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Peck
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Peck records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Peck family history resource today.
Origins of the Peck Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Peck ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Peck 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.
Peck DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Peck 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 Peck research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Peck Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Peck 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 Peck family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Peck 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Peck 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 Peck ancestors.
Peck Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Peck was the 795th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Peck Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Peck, 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 Peck Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Peck 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 Peck reunion.