Welcome to the Suroff 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 Suroff 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 Suroff ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Suroff Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Suroff family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Suroff brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Suroff 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 Suroff 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 Suroff research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Suroff
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Suroff records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Suroff family history resource today.
Origins of the Suroff 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 Suroff surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Suroff DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Suroff 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're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Suroff research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
Suroff Family History
There is more to exploring your Suroff 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 prisoner information for my Suroff black sheep ancestors? is always useful.
Networking with Suroff Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Suroff 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 Suroff 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 Suroff ancestors.
Suroff Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Suroff Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Suroff, 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 Suroff Family Reunions
One key to a successful Suroff 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 Suroff reunion.