Welcome to the Hummel 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 Hummel 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 Hummel genealogy.
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I. The Hummel Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Hummel family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Hummel brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Hummel Ancestors
II. Hummel Genealogy
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 Hummel ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Digital Books and Microfilm" can help accelerate your Hummel research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Hummel
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Hummel records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Hummel family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Hummel Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Hummel last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Hummel ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Hummel DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Hummel 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 are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Hummel research?, then this FAQ may help.
V. Hummel Family History
There is more to exploring your Hummel 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 Where can I find a biography of my Hummel ancestor? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Hummel Researchers
When digging deeper into your ancestor's occupation, a great way to connect with others of a similar interest -- many who might have detailed information, is by posting a message board query giving clear information as to your ancestor's name and the specific occupation or organization, in time and place. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Hummel 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 Hummel ancestors.
VII. Hummel Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Hummel was the 2381st most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Hummel Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Hummel, 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 Hummel 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 "Hummel 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Hummel reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Hummel genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 12/Dec/2013.
If you host the Hummel blog or web page, please link to this surname-focused resource. Here's the HTML code for a basic link. Simply cut/paste this code on to your page.