Welcome to the Stewart 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 Stewart 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 Stewart ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Stewart Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Stewart family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Stewart brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Stewart Ancestors
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Stewart ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "All Those Genealogy Charts" can help accelerate your Stewart research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Stewart
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Stewart records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Stewart family history resource today.
Origins of the Stewart Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Stewart ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Stewart is a common Irish surname? The article "The Luck of the Irish Research" 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.
Stewart DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Stewart 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 Stewart research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Stewart Family History
There is more to exploring your Stewart 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 Stewart documents? is always useful.
Networking with Stewart Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Stewart 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 Stewart 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 Stewart ancestors.
Stewart Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Stewart was the 51st most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Stewart Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Stewart, 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 Stewart Family Reunions
One key to a successful Stewart 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 Stewart reunion.