Welcome to the Zurwell 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 Zurwell 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 Zurwell ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Zurwell Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Zurwell family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. Have you struck a Zurwell brick wall? Read "Documenting Genealogical Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Zurwell Ancestors
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Zurwell ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Digital Books and Microfilm" can help accelerate your Zurwell research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Zurwell
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 Zurwell records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Zurwell family history resource today.
Origins of the Zurwell 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 Zurwell surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Zurwell DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Zurwell relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Zurwell research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Zurwell Family History
There is more to exploring your Zurwell 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 Zurwell ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Zurwell 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 Zurwell 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 Zurwell ancestors.
Zurwell Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Zurwell Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Zurwell, 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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Upcoming Zurwell 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 Zurwell 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 Zurwell reunion.