Welcome to the Swiss surname checklist page.

The Swiss Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Swiss 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 Swiss 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 Swiss genealogy.

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I. The Swiss Family Tree

It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Swiss family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Swiss brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Swiss Ancestors

II. Swiss 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 Swiss 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 Swiss research.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Swiss

Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently count of matching Swiss records matching Swiss records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Swiss family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

III. Origins of the Swiss Surname

It is quite possible for two people with the Swiss last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Swiss 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. Swiss DNA Projects

DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Swiss 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 are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Swiss research?, then this FAQ may help.

V. Swiss Family History

Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Swiss 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 Swiss family history.

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with Swiss Researchers

In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Swiss 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 Swiss 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 Swiss ancestors.

VII. Swiss Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Swiss was the 77426th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Swiss Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Swiss, 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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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 Swiss Family Reunions

One key to a successful Swiss 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 Swiss reunion.

 

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