Welcome to the Semental 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 Semental 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 Semental ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Semental Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Semental family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Semental brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Semental Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Semental 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 Semental research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Semental
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Semental records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Semental family history resource today.
Origins of the Semental Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Semental last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Semental 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.
Semental DNA Projects
Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your Semental family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Semental research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Semental 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 Semental 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 "The Role Of History In Genealogical Research" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Semental family history.
Networking with Semental Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Semental 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 Semental 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 Semental ancestors.
Semental Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Semental Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Semental, 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 Semental Family Reunions
One key to a successful Semental 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 Semental reunion.