Welcome to the Seeterlin 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 Seeterlin 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 Seeterlin ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Seeterlin Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Seeterlin family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Seeterlin brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Seeterlin Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Seeterlin 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 Seeterlin research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Seeterlin
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Seeterlin records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Seeterlin family history resource today.
Origins of the Seeterlin Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Seeterlin 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.
Seeterlin DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Seeterlin 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 Seeterlin research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Seeterlin Family History
There is more to exploring your Seeterlin 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 Where can I find a biography of my Seeterlin ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Seeterlin Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Seeterlin 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Seeterlin 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 Seeterlin ancestors.
Seeterlin Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Seeterlin Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Seeterlin, 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 Seeterlin Family Reunions
One key to a successful Seeterlin 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Seeterlin reunion.