Welcome to the Thayer 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 Thayer 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 Thayer ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Thayer Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Thayer family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Thayer brick wall? Read "Schools Records Can Reveal A Lot About Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Thayer Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Thayer ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know How do I find my Thayer family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Thayer
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Thayer records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Thayer family history resource today.
Origins of the Thayer Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Thayer ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Thayer 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 Thayer 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 Thayer research?, then this FAQ may help.
Thayer Family History
There is more to exploring your Thayer 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 Thayer ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Thayer Researchers
When it comes families and genealogy research, it's important to remember that different people may have different information: some may even have inherited one-of-a-kind family documents or photos, and the best way to connect with these family members is by posting a message board query -- often in the process of collaboration, you can build a more complete picture of your ancestor or ancestral family. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Thayer 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 Thayer ancestors.
Thayer Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Thayer was the 1792nd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Thayer Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Thayer, 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."
Recently Discovered THAYER Clippings and Mentions
Upcoming Thayer Family Reunions
Pedigree charts and family group records are important genealogical tools, so bringing or creating on site a big family pedigree (or family tree) is sure to draw attention; at the same time, have plenty of blank family group sheets available for individual families to complete and submit to go into a "Thayer family record book," which you can then digitize and share -- you can then bring the physical book back to the next reunion, adding new families each time. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Thayer reunion.