Welcome to the Mayr 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 Mayr 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 Mayr genealogy.
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I. The Mayr Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Mayr family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Mayr brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
II. Mayr Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Mayr 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 Mayr research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Mayr records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Mayr family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Mayr Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Mayr 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. Mayr DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Mayr relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Mayr research, read "When do you use DNA?".
V. Mayr Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Mayr ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my Mayr family history on the Internet? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Mayr 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 Mayr 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 Mayr ancestors.
VII. Mayr Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Mayr was the 26294th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Mayr Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Mayr, 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 Mayr Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Mayr 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 Mayr reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Mayr genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 18/May/2013.
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