Welcome to the Pickens 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 Pickens 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 Pickens genealogy.
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I. The Pickens Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Pickens family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Pickens brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Pickens Ancestors
II. Pickens Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Pickens ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Pickens ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Pickens
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Pickens records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Pickens family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Pickens Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Pickens ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Pickens DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Pickens 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 Pickens research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
V. Pickens Family History
There is more to exploring your Pickens 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 Pickens ancestor? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Pickens 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Pickens 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 Pickens ancestors.
VII. Pickens Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Pickens was the 1953rd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Pickens Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Pickens, 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 Pickens Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Pickens 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Pickens reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Pickens genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 07/Dec/2013.
If you host the Pickens 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.