Welcome to the Pepps 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 Pepps 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 Pepps genealogy.
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I. The Pepps Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Pepps family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Pepps brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
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II. Pepps Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Pepps 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 Pepps research?, then read this frequently asked question.
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Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Pepps records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Pepps family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Pepps Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Pepps surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Pepps DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Pepps 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 Pepps research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
V. Pepps Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Pepps ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Faddish First Names" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Pepps family history.
VI. Networking with Pepps 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Pepps 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 Pepps ancestors.
VII. Pepps Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Pepps Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Pepps, 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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IX. Upcoming Pepps Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Pepps 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Pepps reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Pepps 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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