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The Mather Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Mather 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 Mather 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 Mather genealogy.

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I. The Mather Family Tree

Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Mather family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Mather brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Mather Ancestors

II. Mather Genealogy

Keep an open mind when searching through Mather 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 city directories be used to help my Mather research?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Mather

Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently count of matching Mather records matching Mather records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Mather family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

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

IV. Mather DNA Projects

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

V. Mather Family History

There is more to exploring your Mather 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 Mather ancestor? is always useful.

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with Mather 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 Mather 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 Mather ancestors.

VII. Mather Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Mather was the 5737th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Mather Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Mather, 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 Mather Family Reunions

Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Mather 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 Mather reunion.

 

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