Welcome to the Pritchford 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 Pritchford 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 Pritchford ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Pritchford Family Tree
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Best Tree Collections for Discovering Pritchford 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 Pritchford ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Pritchford my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Pritchford
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Pritchford records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Pritchford family history resource today.
Origins of the Pritchford Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Pritchford last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Pritchford ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Pritchford DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Pritchford 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 Pritchford research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Pritchford Family History
There is more to exploring your Pritchford 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 Pritchford family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Pritchford 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Pritchford 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 Pritchford ancestors.
Pritchford Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Pritchford Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Pritchford, 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 Pritchford Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Pritchford 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Pritchford reunion.