Welcome to the Swinskie 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 Swinskie 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 Swinskie genealogy.
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I. The Swinskie Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Swinskie family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Swinskie brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
II. Swinskie 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 Swinskie ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Prepared Researching" can help accelerate your Swinskie research.
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Swinskie records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Swinskie family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Swinskie Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Swinskie last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Swinskie 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. Swinskie DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Swinskie 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 Swinskie research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Swinskie Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Swinskie 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 Swinskie family history.
VI. Networking with Swinskie Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Swinskie 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 Swinskie 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 Swinskie ancestors.
VII. Swinskie Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Swinskie Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Swinskie, 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 Swinskie Family Reunions
One key to a successful Swinskie 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 Swinskie reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Swinskie genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 21/May/2013.
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