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The Zinke Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Zinke 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 Zinke 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 Zinke genealogy.

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I. The Zinke Family Tree

It is important to remember that there is no single Zinke family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. Have you struck a Zinke brick wall? Read "Documenting Genealogical Research" for some helpful advice.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Zinke Ancestors

II. Zinke Genealogy

Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Zinke ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Zinke ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Zinke

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 count of matching Zinke records matching Zinke records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Zinke family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

III. Origins of the Zinke Surname

It is quite possible for two people with the Zinke last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Zinke 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. Zinke DNA Projects

While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Zinke 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 Zinke research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".

V. Zinke Family History

There is more to exploring your Zinke 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 Zinke ancestor? is always useful.

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with Zinke 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 Zinke 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 Zinke ancestors.

VII. Zinke Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Zinke was the 17074th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Zinke Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Zinke, 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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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 Zinke 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 Zinke 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 Zinke reunion.

 

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