Welcome to the Scourby 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 Scourby 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 Scourby genealogy.
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I. The Scourby Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Scourby family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Scourby brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
II. Scourby Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Scourby records. Years ago many people were unable to read and write, thus a given ancestor's name could be spelled in a variety of ways depending on who recorded it. If you want to know How can I find information on men and women named Scourby who served in the Revolutionary War?, then read this frequently asked question.
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Scourby records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Scourby family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Scourby Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Scourby last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Scourby 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.
IV. Scourby DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Scourby 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 Scourby research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
V. Scourby Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Scourby 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 "Using Social History To Fill In The Gaps In Family Histories" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Scourby family history.
VI. Networking with Scourby Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Scourby surname, posting a message query can help you connect with distant cousins and others who may be working on the same lines, some of whom may have advanced the research or solved some of the hard problems, but are willing to share. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Scourby 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 Scourby ancestors.
VII. Scourby Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Scourby Research
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IX. Upcoming Scourby Family Reunions
One key to a successful Scourby reunion is preparation, and for the family researcher that means getting the word out in advance on what to bring (such as the family photo collection); arranging for the display of shared information; and planning activities conducive to sharing; and one of the best ways to get others to participate is in bringing something of your own to share such a picture pedigree, compiled family history or biographical sketch, or even a copies of a treasured photo as a gift for each family -- you may even want to consider putting together a reunion newsletter in advance to be distributed at the reunion, asking for help in solving one or more specific family mysteries: you never know who might have insight they are willing to share, one-on-one. The article "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Scourby reunion.
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