Welcome to the Pedden 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 Pedden 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 Pedden ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Pedden Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Pedden family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Pedden brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Pedden Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Pedden 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 Pedden research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Pedden
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Pedden records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Pedden family history resource today.
Origins of the Pedden Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Pedden 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.
Pedden DNA Projects
Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your Pedden family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Pedden research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
Pedden Family History
There is more to exploring your Pedden 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 Pedden ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Pedden 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 Pedden 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 Pedden ancestors.
Pedden Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Pedden Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Pedden, 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 Pedden Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Pedden 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 Pedden reunion.