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The Pettet Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Pettet 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 Pettet 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 Pettet genealogy.

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I. The Pettet Family Tree

It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Pettet family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Pettet brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.

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II. Pettet Genealogy

Keep an open mind when searching through Pettet 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 Pettet 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 count of matching Pettet records matching Pettet records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Pettet family history resource today.

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III. Origins of the Pettet 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 Pettet surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.

IV. Pettet DNA Projects

DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Pettet 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 Pettet research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".

V. Pettet Family History

There is more to exploring your Pettet 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 Pettet ancestor? is always useful.

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VI. Networking with Pettet 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 Pettet 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 Pettet ancestors.

VII. Pettet Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Pettet was the 27270th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Pettet Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Pettet, 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 Pettet Family Reunions

Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Pettet 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Pettet reunion.

 

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