Welcome to the Summars 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 Summars 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 Summars ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Summars Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Summars family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Summars brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Summars 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 Summars 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 Summars research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Summars
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Summars records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Summars family history resource today.
Origins of the Summars Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Summars last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Summars 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.
Summars DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Summars ancestors were related, it can easily prove if they weren't. Be sure you understand what types of research issues each different DNA test can address before you spend any money. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Summars research?, then this FAQ may help.
Summars Family History
There is more to exploring your Summars 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 Summars documents? is always useful.
Networking with Summars Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Summars 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 Summars 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 Summars ancestors.
Summars Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Summars was the 36717th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Summars Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Summars, 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 Summars Family Reunions
One key to a successful Summars 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 Summars reunion.