Welcome to the Swortzel 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 Swortzel 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 Swortzel genealogy.
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I. The Swortzel Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Swortzel family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Swortzel brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Swortzel Ancestors
II. Swortzel 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 Swortzel 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 Swortzel research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Swortzel
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Swortzel records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Swortzel family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Swortzel Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Swortzel last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Swortzel 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. Swortzel DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Swortzel 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 Swortzel research, read "When do you use DNA?".
V. Swortzel Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Swortzel 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 "Traditions, Traditions, Traditions" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Swortzel family history.
VI. Networking with Swortzel Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Swortzel 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 Swortzel 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 Swortzel ancestors.
VII. Swortzel Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Swortzel Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Swortzel, 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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IX. Upcoming Swortzel Family Reunions
One key to a successful Swortzel 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Swortzel reunion.
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