Welcome to the Ziniman 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 Ziniman 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 Ziniman genealogy.
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I. The Ziniman Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Ziniman family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. Have you struck a Ziniman brick wall? Read "Documenting Genealogical Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Ziniman Ancestors
II. Ziniman Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Ziniman ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Ziniman ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Ziniman
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 Ziniman records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Ziniman family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Ziniman Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Ziniman last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Ziniman 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. Ziniman DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Ziniman 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 Ziniman research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
V. Ziniman Family History
For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Ziniman ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Dealing With Those Pesky Family Legends" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Ziniman family history.
VI. Networking with Ziniman 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Ziniman 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 Ziniman ancestors.
VII. Ziniman Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Ziniman Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ziniman, 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 Ziniman 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 Ziniman 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 Ziniman reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Ziniman genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 15/Apr/2014.
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