Welcome to the Perez 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 Perez 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 Perez genealogy.
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I. The Perez Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Perez family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Perez brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
II. Perez Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Perez 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 Perez research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Perez records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Perez family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Perez 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 Perez surname. Were you aware that Perez is a common French surname? The article "Finding French - cherchez la famille" 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. Perez 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 Perez 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 Perez research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
V. Perez Family History
There is more to exploring your Perez 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. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Finding Probate Records" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Perez family history.
VI. Networking with Perez 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 Perez 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 Perez ancestors.
VII. Perez Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Perez was the 42nd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Perez Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Perez, 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 Perez Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Perez 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 Perez reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Perez genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 19/May/2013.
If you host the Perez 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.