Welcome to the Etter 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 Etter 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 Etter ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Etter Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Etter 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 Etter are related? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Etter 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 Etter ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "All Those Genealogy Charts" can help accelerate your Etter research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Etter
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 Etter records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Etter family history resource today.
Origins of the Etter Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Etter surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Etter DNA Projects
Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your Etter family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Etter research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Etter Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Etter 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 "Using Social History To Fill In The Gaps In Family Histories" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Etter family history.
Networking with Etter 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Etter 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 Etter ancestors.
Etter Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Etter was the 7033rd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Etter Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Etter, 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 Etter Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Etter 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Etter reunion.