Welcome to the Berry 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 Berry 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 Berry ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Berry Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Berry 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 Berry ancestor? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Berry Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Berry 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 Berry research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Berry
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 Berry records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Berry family history resource today.
Origins of the Berry Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Berry surname. Were you aware that Berry 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 69], the surname BERRY is defined as Local. From the province of Berri, in France.
Berry DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Berry 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 Berry research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Berry Family History
There is more to exploring your Berry 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. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Estate Records and Files" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Berry family history.
Networking with Berry 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Berry 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 Berry ancestors.
Berry Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Berry was the 168th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Berry Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Berry, 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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Recently Discovered BERRY Clippings and Mentions
Upcoming Berry 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 Berry 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Berry reunion.