Welcome to the Ern 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 Ern 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 Ern ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Ern Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Ern family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do you find out if two people named Ern are related? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Ern Ancestors
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Ern ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Ern my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Ern
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 Ern records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Ern family history resource today.
Origins of the Ern Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Ern last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Ern 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.
Ern DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Ern 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 Ern research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Ern Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Ern ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my Ern family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Ern Researchers
If you are doing genealogy research in a particular town or region distant from where you live, you may want to consider posting a message board query requesting a lookup; often local volunteers or residents are willing to lend a hand, but remember to be specific in your request and be respectful of others' time. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Ern 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 Ern ancestors.
Ern Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Ern Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ern, 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
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Upcoming Ern Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Ern family history, which provides opportunities to share stories and visit cemeteries or old home sites; you may even want to consider as a one-day activity, having each family take on the task of gathering information from the local courthouse, school district, public library, etc. -- this, of course, requires advance planning and assignment, but could generate considerable interest and results. The article "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Ern reunion.
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