Welcome to the Surtman 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 Surtman 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 Surtman ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Surtman Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Surtman family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Surtman brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Surtman 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 Surtman 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 Surtman research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Surtman
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Surtman records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Surtman family history resource today.
Origins of the Surtman 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 Surtman surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Surtman DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Surtman 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 Surtman research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Surtman Family History
For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Surtman ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Dealing With Those Pesky Family Legends" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Surtman family history.
Networking with Surtman Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Surtman 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 Surtman 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 Surtman ancestors.
Surtman Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Surtman Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Surtman, 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 Surtman Family Reunions
One key to a successful Surtman 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 Surtman reunion.