Welcome to the Eichwald Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Eichwald surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Eichwald genealogy.
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I. The Eichwald Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Eichwald 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 Eichwald are related? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Eichwald Ancestors
II. Eichwald Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Eichwald ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Eichwald ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Eichwald
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 Eichwald records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Eichwald family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Eichwald Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Eichwald 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.
IV. Eichwald DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Eichwald ancestors were related, it can easily prove if they weren't. Be sure you understand what types of research issues each different DNA test can address before you spend any money. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Eichwald research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Eichwald Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Eichwald ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Researching Masonic Records" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Eichwald family history.
VI. Networking with Eichwald 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Eichwald 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 Eichwald ancestors.
VII. Eichwald Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Eichwald Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Eichwald, 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."
To have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.
IX. Upcoming Eichwald Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Eichwald 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Eichwald reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Eichwald genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 11/Dec/2013.
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