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The Meinher Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Meinher 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 Meinher 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 Meinher genealogy.

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I. The Meinher Family Tree

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

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Meinher Ancestors

II. Meinher Genealogy

Keep an open mind when searching through Meinher 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 Meinher research?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Meinher

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

Death Records

Military Records

III. Origins of the Meinher Surname

It is quite possible for two people with the Meinher last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Meinher 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. Meinher DNA Projects

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

V. Meinher Family History

For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Meinher ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Researching Criminal Records" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Meinher family history.

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with Meinher 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Meinher 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 Meinher ancestors.

VII. Meinher Achievements & Celebrities

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Meinher Research

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

Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Meinher 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Meinher reunion.

 

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