Welcome to the Tucker 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 Tucker 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 Tucker genealogy.
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I. The Tucker Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Tucker family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Tucker brick wall? Read "Schools Records Can Reveal A Lot About Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Tucker Ancestors
II. Tucker 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 Tucker ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Digital Books and Microfilm" can help accelerate your Tucker research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Tucker
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Tucker records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Tucker family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Tucker Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Tucker ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Tucker 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.
IV. Tucker DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Tucker 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 Tucker research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
V. Tucker Family History
There is more to exploring your Tucker 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 Where can I find a biography of my Tucker ancestor? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Tucker Researchers
When it comes families and genealogy research, it's important to remember that different people may have different information: some may even have inherited one-of-a-kind family documents or photos, and the best way to connect with these family members is by posting a message board query -- often in the process of collaboration, you can build a more complete picture of your ancestor or ancestral family. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Tucker 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 Tucker ancestors.
VII. Tucker Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Tucker was the 128th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Tucker Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Tucker, 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."
To have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.
IX. Upcoming Tucker Family Reunions
Pedigree charts and family group records are important genealogical tools, so bringing or creating on site a big family pedigree (or family tree) is sure to draw attention; at the same time, have plenty of blank family group sheets available for individual families to complete and submit to go into a "Tucker family record book," which you can then digitize and share -- you can then bring the physical book back to the next reunion, adding new families each time. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Tucker reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Tucker genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 06/Dec/2013.
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