Welcome to the Pratt 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 Pratt 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 Pratt genealogy.
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I. The Pratt Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Pratt family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Pratt brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
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II. Pratt Genealogy
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 Pratt ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Pratt my ancestor in the SSDI?, 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 matching Pratt records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Pratt family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Pratt Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Pratt ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Pratt 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.
IV. Pratt DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Pratt 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 Pratt research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Pratt Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Pratt ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Traditions, Traditions, Traditions" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Pratt family history.
VI. Networking with Pratt 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 Pratt 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 Pratt ancestors.
VII. Pratt Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Pratt was the 437th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Pratt Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Pratt, 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 Pratt Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Pratt 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 Pratt reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Pratt genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 11/Dec/2013.
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