I am just starting research for the Purkey family in Texas/Oklahoma. As y'all probably know, it's not a very popular last name, and I'm having trouble tracing the origins. I'd like to trace my family back to the first that set foot in America, but I don't exactly know how to go about it. Any help would be appreciated.
From what I can gather from my research so far, my family branch of Purkeys came to Oklahoma and Texas from the Tennessee area in the mid 1800's. Beyond that I'm not really sure.