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The Vandekreke Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Vandekreke 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 Vandekreke 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 Vandekreke genealogy.

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I. The Vandekreke Family Tree

It is important to remember that there is no single Vandekreke family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do I begin my Vandekreke family tree? and you might be surprised at the answer.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Vandekreke Ancestors

II. Vandekreke Genealogy

Keep an open mind when searching through Vandekreke 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 Vandekreke research?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Vandekreke

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 count of matching Vandekreke records matching Vandekreke records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Vandekreke family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

III. Origins of the Vandekreke Surname

It is quite possible for two people with the Vandekreke last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Vandekreke 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. Vandekreke DNA Projects

DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Vandekreke 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 Vandekreke research, read "When do you use DNA?".

V. Vandekreke Family History

There is more to exploring your Vandekreke 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 Vandekreke ancestor? is always useful.

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with Vandekreke 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Vandekreke 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 Vandekreke ancestors.

VII. Vandekreke Achievements & Celebrities

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Vandekreke Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Vandekreke, 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 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 Vandekreke 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 "Vandekreke 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Vandekreke reunion.

 

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