Welcome to the Zegler 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 Zegler 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 Zegler ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Zegler Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Zegler family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. Have you struck a Zegler brick wall? Read "Documenting Genealogical Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Zegler Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Zegler records. Years ago many people were unable to read and write, thus a given ancestor's name could be spelled in a variety of ways depending on who recorded it. If you want to know How can I locate old newspapers for Zegler research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Zegler
Vital records are essential for family history research because they were typically created at or near the time of the event, making the record more reliable. There are currently matching Zegler records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Zegler family history resource today.
Origins of the Zegler Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Zegler 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.
Zegler DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Zegler 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 Zegler research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Zegler Family History
There is more to exploring your Zegler 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 Zegler ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Zegler Researchers
When you've come up against a brick wall in your genealogy research, posting a message board query can help; one of the biggest benefits is that message board queries are accessed through search engines, which means even someone not specifically engaged in genealogy but interested in your subject may find your query and bring valuable new information to the table -- it happens! The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Zegler 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 Zegler ancestors.
Zegler Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Zegler Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Zegler, 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."
Upcoming Zegler Family Reunions
Notifying everyone in advance to bring old photos and documents can bring big rewards, making a special place at the reunion (maybe even a special Zegler booth) where people can come at their leisure to sit, look and chat; in addition to information and clues that might be written on the back of a photo, every photograph has a story and serves as an excellent stimulus to recall -- people might comment not only on the people in the photo, but also on what's in the background, or they might have information around where the photo was taken or the event -- just be sure to have someone there to capture new information. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Zegler reunion.