The Wilkerson Genealogy and Family Tree Page

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

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The Wilkerson Family Tree

It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Wilkerson family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Wilkerson brick wall? Read "Soundex Sorts Out Family Names" for some helpful advice.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Wilkerson Ancestors

Patronymics is the practice of naming children using the given name of the father, grandfather, or other male ancestor followed by a suffix. In the case of Wilkerson, it is possible that one of your English ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Wilker." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.

Wilkerson Genealogy

Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Wilkerson ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Wilkerson ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Wilkerson

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

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Wilkerson Surname

It is quite possible for two people with the Wilkerson last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Wilkerson ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Wilkerson 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.

Wilkerson DNA Projects

While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Wilkerson 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 Wilkerson research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".

Wilkerson Family History

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

Photo Collections

Networking with Wilkerson 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 Wilkerson 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 Wilkerson ancestors.

Wilkerson Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Wilkerson was the 497th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

Web Sites & Blogs with Wilkerson Research

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

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Upcoming Wilkerson Family Reunions

One key to a successful Wilkerson 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 Wilkerson reunion.

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

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