Welcome to the Snyder 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 Snyder 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 Snyder ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Snyder Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Snyder family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Snyder brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Snyder Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Snyder ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know What is the first census year to identify the informant in every Snyder household?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Snyder
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Snyder records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Snyder family history resource today.
Origins of the Snyder Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Snyder ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Snyder is considered a very common surname, which offers its own set of challenges? The article "Researching Common Names" 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.
Snyder 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 Snyder 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 Snyder research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
Snyder Family History
There is more to exploring your Snyder 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 Snyder ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Snyder Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Snyder 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 Snyder 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 Snyder ancestors.
Snyder Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Snyder was the 178th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Snyder Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Snyder, 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."
Recently Discovered SNYDER Clippings and Mentions
Upcoming Snyder Family Reunions
One key to a successful Snyder 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 Snyder reunion.