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The Gerndt Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Gerndt 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 Gerndt 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 Gerndt genealogy.

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I. The Gerndt Family Tree

It is important to remember that there is no single Gerndt family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, Where do I go to find birth, marriage, and death records for Gerndt family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Gerndt Ancestors

II. Gerndt Genealogy

Keep an open mind when searching through Gerndt 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. If you want to know How can I locate old newspapers for Gerndt research?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Gerndt

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 count of matching Gerndt records matching Gerndt records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Gerndt family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

III. Origins of the Gerndt 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 Gerndt surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.

IV. Gerndt DNA Projects

While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Gerndt 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 Gerndt research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".

V. Gerndt Family History

There is more to exploring your Gerndt ancestry than just gathering a bunch of names and dates. Understanding where your ancestors lived, how they were employed, and what they did for fun, may give you a better appreciation of your heritage. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing Was my Gerndt ancestor's name changed at Ellis Island? is always useful.

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with Gerndt Researchers

In the course of genealogy research, collaboration is key -- we really cannot do it alone, and one of the great benefits of participating in community message boards is building relationships that not only enlightens our research but strengthens bonds across the miles. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Gerndt 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 Gerndt ancestors.

VII. Gerndt Achievements & Celebrities

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Gerndt Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Gerndt, 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."

RootsWeb search of US Naturalization Records
RootsWeb search of Obituary Daily Times
RootsWeb search of Social Security Death Index

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 Gerndt Family Reunions

Pedigree charts and family group records are important genealogical tools, so bringing or creating on site a big family pedigree (or family tree) is sure to draw attention; at the same time, have plenty of blank family group sheets available for individual families to complete and submit to go into a "Gerndt family record book," which you can then digitize and share -- you can then bring the physical book back to the next reunion, adding new families each time. The article "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Gerndt reunion.

 

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