Welcome to the Zerkel 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 Zerkel 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 Zerkel genealogy.
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I. The Zerkel Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Zerkel family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. Have you struck a Zerkel brick wall? Read "Documenting Genealogical Research" for some helpful advice.
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II. Zerkel Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Zerkel 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 Zerkel research?, then read this frequently asked question.
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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 Zerkel records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Zerkel family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Zerkel Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Zerkel surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Zerkel DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Zerkel 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 Zerkel research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
V. Zerkel Family History
There is more to exploring your Zerkel 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 Zerkel ancestor? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Zerkel 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Zerkel 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 Zerkel ancestors.
VII. Zerkel Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Zerkel Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Zerkel, 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."
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 Zerkel 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 Zerkel 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Zerkel reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Zerkel genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 05/Dec/2013.
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