The Spencer Genealogy and Family Tree Page

Welcome to the Spencer 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 Spencer 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 Spencer ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!

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The Spencer Family Tree

It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Spencer family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Spencer brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Spencer Ancestors

Spencer 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 Spencer ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Where can I find naturalization records for my Spencer ancestors?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Spencer

Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently count of matching Spencer records matching Spencer records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Spencer family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Spencer Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Spencer ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Spencer 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.

Spencer DNA Projects

While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Spencer ancestors were related, it can easily prove if they weren't. Be sure you understand what types of research issues each different DNA test can address before you spend any money. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Spencer research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".

Spencer Family History

There is more to exploring your Spencer 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 Spencer family history on the Internet? is always useful.

Photo Collections

Networking with Spencer Researchers

In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Spencer 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Spencer 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 Spencer ancestors.

Spencer Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Spencer was the 163rd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

Web Sites & Blogs with Spencer Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Spencer, 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."

RootsWeb search of US Naturalization Records
RootsWeb search of Obituary Daily Times
RootsWeb search of Social Security Death Index

To recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.

Recently Discovered SPENCER Clippings and Mentions

Upcoming Spencer Family Reunions

One key to a successful Spencer 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Spencer reunion.

See Also

Spenser   Spence  

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Surname Finder, The Spencer Genealogy and Family Tree Page [on-line resource], New Providence, NJ, USA: Genealogy Today LLC, 2014.

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