Welcome to the Ayer 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 Ayer 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 Ayer ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Ayer Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Ayer family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I distinguish my Ayer ancestor from others of the same name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Ayer Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Ayer 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. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Practical Advise for Researching Immigrants" can help accelerate your Ayer research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Ayer
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 Ayer records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Ayer family history resource today.
Origins of the Ayer Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Ayer ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Ayer DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Ayer 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 Ayer research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Ayer Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Ayer 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 Ayer family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Ayer Researchers
One of the best ways to solve a genealogy problem is by enlisting the help of others through a message board query that is open to the public, allowing you to cast a wide net that can be accessed by anyone, around the world and around the clock --- at the same time, because it is a public forum, you will want to exercise caution in posting personal information or information about living persons. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Ayer 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 Ayer ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with Ayer Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ayer, 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 Ayer Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Ayer family members; you may want to consider a roundtable where you can gather different groups together at different times such as siblings to discuss their parents and childhood memories, cousins, aunts and uncles to discuss the grandparent generation, etc. - the collective memory and stimulus of shared experience can yield considerable information. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Ayer reunion.