Welcome to the Santa 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 Santa 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 Santa ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Santa Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Santa family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Santa brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Santa Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Santa 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 Santa research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Santa
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Santa records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Santa family history resource today.
Origins of the Santa Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Santa last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Santa 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.
Santa DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Santa 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 Santa research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Santa Family History
There is more to exploring your Santa 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 How can I decipher the handwriting in old Santa documents? is always useful.
Networking with Santa Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Santa surname, posting a message query can help you connect with distant cousins and others who may be working on the same lines, some of whom may have advanced the research or solved some of the hard problems, but are willing to share. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Santa 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 Santa ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with Santa Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Santa, 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 recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.
Upcoming Santa Family Reunions
One key to a successful Santa reunion is preparation, and for the family researcher that means getting the word out in advance on what to bring (such as the family photo collection); arranging for the display of shared information; and planning activities conducive to sharing; and one of the best ways to get others to participate is in bringing something of your own to share such a picture pedigree, compiled family history or biographical sketch, or even a copies of a treasured photo as a gift for each family -- you may even want to consider putting together a reunion newsletter in advance to be distributed at the reunion, asking for help in solving one or more specific family mysteries: you never know who might have insight they are willing to share, one-on-one. The article "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Santa reunion.