Welcome to the Peyster Family page at Surname Finder, a service of Genealogy Today. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Peyster surname. As additional sources for vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Peyster ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Peyster Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Peyster family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Peyster brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Peyster Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Peyster 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 Peyster research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Peyster
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Peyster records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Peyster family history resource today.
Origins of the Peyster Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Peyster 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.
Peyster DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Peyster 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 are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Peyster research?, then this FAQ may help.
Peyster Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Peyster ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Traditions, Traditions, Traditions" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Peyster family history.
Networking with Peyster Researchers
When digging deeper into your ancestor's occupation, a great way to connect with others of a similar interest -- many who might have detailed information, is by posting a message board query giving clear information as to your ancestor's name and the specific occupation or organization, in time and place. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Peyster 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 Peyster ancestors.
Peyster Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Peyster Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Peyster, 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."
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Upcoming Peyster Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Peyster 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 Peyster reunion.