Welcome to the Proctor 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 Proctor 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 Proctor ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Proctor Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Proctor family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Proctor brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Proctor 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 Proctor ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Proctor my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Proctor
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Proctor records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Proctor family history resource today.
Origins of the Proctor Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Proctor last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Proctor 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.
Proctor DNA Projects
Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your Proctor family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Proctor research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
Proctor Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Proctor 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 Proctor family history.
Networking with Proctor 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 Proctor 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 Proctor ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with Proctor Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Proctor, 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."
Recently Discovered PROCTOR Clippings and Mentions
Upcoming Proctor Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Proctor 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Proctor reunion.