Welcome to the Vandecarr 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 Vandecarr 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 Vandecarr ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Vandecarr Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Vandecarr family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do I begin my Vandecarr family tree? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Vandecarr Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Vandecarr 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 locate old newspapers for Vandecarr research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Vandecarr
Vital records are essential for family history research because they were typically created at or near the time of the event, making the record more reliable. There are currently matching Vandecarr records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Vandecarr family history resource today.
Origins of the Vandecarr Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Vandecarr ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Vandecarr 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 Vandecarr family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Vandecarr research?, then this FAQ may help.
Vandecarr Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Vandecarr 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 Vandecarr family history.
Networking with Vandecarr 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 Vandecarr 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 Vandecarr ancestors.
Vandecarr Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Vandecarr Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Vandecarr, 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."
Upcoming Vandecarr 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 "Vandecarr 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 Vandecarr reunion.