Welcome to the Merikofer 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 Merikofer 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 Merikofer genealogy.
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I. The Merikofer Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Merikofer family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Merikofer brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Merikofer Ancestors
II. Merikofer Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Merikofer 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 Merikofer research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Merikofer
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Merikofer records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Merikofer family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Merikofer 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 Merikofer surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Merikofer DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Merikofer 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 Merikofer research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
V. Merikofer 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 Merikofer 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 "Finding The Family History" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Merikofer family history.
VI. Networking with Merikofer 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 Merikofer 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 Merikofer ancestors.
VII. Merikofer Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Merikofer Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Merikofer, 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 Merikofer Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Merikofer 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 Merikofer reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Merikofer 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/Apr/2014.
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