Welcome to the Baker 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 Baker 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 Baker ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Baker Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Baker family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I find the second married name of a female Baker ancestor? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Baker Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Baker 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 Baker research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Baker
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 Baker records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Baker family history resource today.
Origins of the Baker Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Baker last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Baker ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Baker 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.
According to An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names [page 61], the surname BAKER is defined as A name of trade, a baker, from the Saxon bacan, to dry by heat.
Baker 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 Baker family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Baker research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Baker Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Baker 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 Baker family history.
Networking with Baker Researchers
When you've come up against a brick wall in your genealogy research, posting a message board query can help; one of the biggest benefits is that message board queries are accessed through search engines, which means even someone not specifically engaged in genealogy but interested in your subject may find your query and bring valuable new information to the table -- it happens! The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Baker 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 Baker ancestors.
Baker Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Baker was the 37th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Baker Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Baker, 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 Baker Family Reunions
Notifying everyone in advance to bring old photos and documents can bring big rewards, making a special place at the reunion (maybe even a special Baker booth) where people can come at their leisure to sit, look and chat; in addition to information and clues that might be written on the back of a photo, every photograph has a story and serves as an excellent stimulus to recall -- people might comment not only on the people in the photo, but also on what's in the background, or they might have information around where the photo was taken or the event -- just be sure to have someone there to capture new information. The article "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Baker reunion.