Preservation and Celebration of the Parker Family History & Genealogy
talk to older relatives, go to cemeteries, look for others looking for same names and geographies, google names, join Ancestry.com, join local geneology group- up to you now
I use ancestry.com at the local library (so my tax dollars pay the membership). Take it all with a grain of salt - especially Rootsweb data, form a hypothesis, then find the records to back it. Your librarian will become a good friend.
well who is a parker in your family? you might want to start there. type there name and b day death date into google search and see what it brings up and if you reconize it ...or go try ancestory.com
Depending on what part of the country you are from but I use the Screven-Jenkins County Library website
http://www.sjrls.org/. The genealogy section is great using the dixon hollingsworth card collection.
Write to the state archives of the state your Parker relative lived in. My Grandmother is a Parker, and when I sent a note to the Alabama archives, some wonderful person there sent me copies of census for her and her parents. Start with what you know, and get DOCUMENTATION for everything. Beware: MANY family trees on Ancestry.com are NOT accurate, yet folks keep using erroneous information on their trees.
Get a Y-DNA test. Mine revealed some very interesting information about my Parkers.
I got both my parents to get an autosomal DNA test ("Family Finder" in the parlance of Family Tree DNA). These tests have introduced us to a couple of dozen cousins, some with genealogical information we didn't know.