Welcome to the Swoyer 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 Swoyer 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 Swoyer ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Swoyer Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Swoyer family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Swoyer brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Swoyer 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 Swoyer 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 Swoyer research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Swoyer
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Swoyer records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Swoyer family history resource today.
Origins of the Swoyer Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Swoyer last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Swoyer 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.
Swoyer DNA Projects
Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your Swoyer family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Swoyer research?, then this FAQ may help.
Swoyer Family History
There is more to exploring your Swoyer 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 a biography of my Swoyer ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Swoyer Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Swoyer 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 Swoyer 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 Swoyer ancestors.
Swoyer Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Swoyer was the 34598th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Swoyer Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Swoyer, 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 Swoyer Family Reunions
One key to a successful Swoyer 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 Swoyer reunion.