Welcome to the Sumerlin Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Sumerlin surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Sumerlin genealogy.
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I. The Sumerlin Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Sumerlin family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Sumerlin brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
II. Sumerlin Genealogy
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 Sumerlin ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Digital Books and Microfilm" can help accelerate your Sumerlin research.
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Sumerlin records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Sumerlin family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Sumerlin Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Sumerlin last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Sumerlin 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.
IV. Sumerlin 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 Sumerlin 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 Sumerlin research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
V. Sumerlin Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Sumerlin ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Using Social History To Fill In The Gaps In Family Histories" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Sumerlin family history.
VI. Networking with Sumerlin Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Sumerlin 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 Sumerlin 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 Sumerlin ancestors.
VII. Sumerlin Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Sumerlin was the 28261st most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Sumerlin Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Sumerlin, 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."
To have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.
IX. Upcoming Sumerlin Family Reunions
One key to a successful Sumerlin 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 Sumerlin reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Sumerlin genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 19/May/2013.
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