Welcome to the Scudder 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 Scudder 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 Scudder ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Scudder Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Scudder family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Scudder brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Scudder Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Scudder 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 Scudder who served in the Revolutionary War?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Scudder
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Scudder records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Scudder family history resource today.
Origins of the Scudder Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Scudder surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Scudder 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 Scudder 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 Scudder research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
Scudder Family History
There is more to exploring your Scudder 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 Was my Scudder ancestor's name changed at Ellis Island? is always useful.
Networking with Scudder Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Scudder 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Scudder 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 Scudder ancestors.
Scudder Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Scudder was the 6253rd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Scudder Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Scudder, 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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Recently Discovered SCUDDER Clippings and Mentions
Upcoming Scudder Family Reunions
One key to a successful Scudder 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 Scudder reunion.