Welcome to the Merage 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 Merage 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 Merage genealogy.
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I. The Merage Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Merage family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Merage brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Merage Ancestors
II. Merage Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Merage 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 Merage research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Merage
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Merage records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Merage family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Merage 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 Merage surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Merage DNA Projects
Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your Merage family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Merage research?, then this FAQ may help.
V. Merage Family History
There is more to exploring your Merage 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 is the book on my Merage family? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Merage 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 Merage 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 Merage ancestors.
VII. Merage Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Merage Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Merage, 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 Merage Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Merage 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Merage reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Merage genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 08/Mar/2014.
If you host the Merage 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.