Welcome to the Schmidt 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 Schmidt 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 Schmidt ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Schmidt Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Schmidt family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Schmidt brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Schmidt Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Schmidt 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 Schmidt who served in the Revolutionary War?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Schmidt
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Schmidt records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Schmidt family history resource today.
Origins of the Schmidt Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Schmidt last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Schmidt ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Schmidt is a common German surname? The article "Tracing Your Roots to Germany" may be helpful for your research. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Schmidt DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Schmidt 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 Schmidt research?, then this FAQ may help.
Schmidt 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 Schmidt 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 "Our Ancestors Paid Taxes" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Schmidt family history.
Networking with Schmidt Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Schmidt 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 Schmidt 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 Schmidt ancestors.
Schmidt Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Schmidt was the 204th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Schmidt Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Schmidt, 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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Recently Discovered SCHMIDT Clippings and Mentions
Upcoming Schmidt Family Reunions
One key to a successful Schmidt 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 Schmidt reunion.