Welcome to the Walker 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 Walker 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 Walker genealogy.
Completed by on
I. The Walker Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Walker family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Walker brick wall? Read "Soundex Sorts Out Family Names" for some helpful advice.
II. Walker Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Walker 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 city directories be used to help my Walker research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Walker records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Walker family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Walker Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Walker last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Walker ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Walker 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. Walker DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Walker 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 Walker research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
V. Walker Family History
There is more to exploring your Walker 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 Walker ancestor? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Walker Researchers
In the course of genealogy research, collaboration is key -- we really cannot do it alone, and one of the great benefits of participating in community message boards is building relationships that not only enlightens our research but strengthens bonds across the miles. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Walker 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 Walker ancestors.
VII. Walker Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Walker was the 25th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Walker Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Walker, 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 Walker Family Reunions
One key to a successful Walker 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Walker reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Walker genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 20/May/2013.
If you host the Walker blog or web page, please link to this surname-focused resource. Here's the HTML code for a basic link. Simply cut/paste this code on to your page.