Welcome to the Prake 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 Prake 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 Prake ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Prake Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Prake family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Prake brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Prake Ancestors
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Prake ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Prake my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Prake
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Prake records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Prake family history resource today.
Origins of the Prake Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Prake 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.
Prake DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Prake 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 Prake research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Prake Family History
There is more to exploring your Prake 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 Prake ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Prake 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 Prake 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 Prake ancestors.
Prake Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Prake Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Prake, 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 Prake Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Prake 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 Prake reunion.