Welcome to the Schmarkey 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 Schmarkey 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 Schmarkey ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Schmarkey Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Schmarkey family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Schmarkey brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Schmarkey Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Schmarkey 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 find information on men and women named Schmarkey who served in the Revolutionary War?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Schmarkey
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Schmarkey records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Schmarkey family history resource today.
Origins of the Schmarkey Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Schmarkey last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Schmarkey 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.
Schmarkey DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Schmarkey 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 are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Schmarkey research?, then this FAQ may help.
Schmarkey Family History
There is more to exploring your Schmarkey 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 Schmarkey documents? is always useful.
Networking with Schmarkey Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Schmarkey 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 Schmarkey 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 Schmarkey ancestors.
Schmarkey Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Schmarkey Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Schmarkey, 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."
Upcoming Schmarkey Family Reunions
One key to a successful Schmarkey 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Schmarkey reunion.