Welcome to the Pierce 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 Pierce 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 Pierce ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Pierce Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Pierce family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Pierce brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Pierce Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Pierce ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Pierce ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Pierce
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Pierce records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Pierce family history resource today.
Origins of the Pierce Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Pierce ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Pierce is considered a very common surname, which offers its own set of challenges? The article "Researching Common Names" 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.
Pierce DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Pierce 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 Pierce research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Pierce Family History
There is more to exploring your Pierce 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 How do I find my Pierce family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Pierce 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 Pierce 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 Pierce ancestors.
Pierce Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Pierce was the 167th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Pierce Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Pierce, 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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Recently Discovered PIERCE Clippings and Mentions
Upcoming Pierce Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Pierce 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 Pierce reunion.