Welcome to the Perkn 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 Perkn 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 Perkn ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Perkn Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Perkn family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Perkn brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Perkn Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Perkn 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 Perkn research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Perkn
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Perkn records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Perkn family history resource today.
Origins of the Perkn 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 Perkn surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Perkn DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Perkn 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 Perkn research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Perkn Family History
For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Perkn ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "The Role Of History In Genealogical Research" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Perkn family history.
Networking with Perkn 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 Perkn 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 Perkn ancestors.
Perkn Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Perkn Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Perkn, 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 Perkn Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Perkn 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 Perkn reunion.