Welcome to the Zinker surname checklist page.

The Zinker Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Zinker 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 Zinker 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 Zinker genealogy.

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I. The Zinker Family Tree

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

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Zinker Ancestors

II. Zinker Genealogy

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

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Zinker

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 Zinker records matching Zinker records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Zinker family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

III. Origins of the Zinker Surname

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

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

V. Zinker Family History

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

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with Zinker 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 Zinker 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 Zinker ancestors.

VII. Zinker Achievements & Celebrities

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Zinker Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Zinker, 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."

RootsWeb search of US Naturalization Records
RootsWeb search of Obituary Daily Times
RootsWeb search of Social Security Death Index

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 Zinker 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 Zinker 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 Zinker reunion.

 

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Surname Finder, Zinker Surname Checklist [on-line resource], New Providence, NJ, USA: Genealogy Today LLC, 1998-2014.

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