Welcome to the Surms 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 Surms 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 Surms genealogy.
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I. The Surms Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Surms family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Surms brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
II. Surms 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 Surms 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 Surms research.
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Surms records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Surms family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Surms Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Surms surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Surms DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Surms 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 Surms research?, then this FAQ may help.
V. Surms Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Surms 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 "Faddish First Names" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Surms family history.
VI. Networking with Surms Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Surms 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Surms 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 Surms ancestors.
VII. Surms Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Surms Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Surms, 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 Surms Family Reunions
One key to a successful Surms 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Surms reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Surms genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 24/May/2013.
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