Welcome to the Perkowicz 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 Perkowicz 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 Perkowicz ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Perkowicz Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Perkowicz family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Perkowicz brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Perkowicz Ancestors
Patronymics is the practice of naming children using the given name of the father, grandfather, or other male ancestor followed by a suffix. In the case of Perkowicz, it is possible that one of your Polish ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Perk." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Keep an open mind when searching through Perkowicz 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 Perkowicz research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Perkowicz
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Perkowicz records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Perkowicz family history resource today.
Origins of the Perkowicz 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 Perkowicz surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Perkowicz DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Perkowicz 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 Perkowicz research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Perkowicz 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 Perkowicz 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 "Learning About Women - The Invisible Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Perkowicz family history.
Networking with Perkowicz 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 Perkowicz 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 Perkowicz ancestors.
Perkowicz Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Perkowicz Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Perkowicz, 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."
Upcoming Perkowicz Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Perkowicz 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 Perkowicz reunion.