Welcome to the Mayer 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 Mayer 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 Mayer ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Mayer Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Mayer family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Mayer brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Mayer Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Mayer 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 city directories be used to help my Mayer research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Mayer
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Mayer records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Mayer family history resource today.
Origins of the Mayer Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Mayer ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Mayer is considered a very common surname, which offers its own set of challenges? The article "Researching Common Names" may be helpful for your research. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Mayer DNA Projects
Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your Mayer family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Mayer research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Mayer Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Mayer ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Using Social History To Fill In The Gaps In Family Histories" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Mayer family history.
Networking with Mayer Researchers
If you are doing genealogy research in a particular town or region distant from where you live, you may want to consider posting a message board query requesting a lookup; often local volunteers or residents are willing to lend a hand, but remember to be specific in your request and be respectful of others' time. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Mayer 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 Mayer ancestors.
Mayer Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Mayer was the 893rd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Mayer Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Mayer, 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 recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.
Upcoming Mayer Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Mayer family history, which provides opportunities to share stories and visit cemeteries or old home sites; you may even want to consider as a one-day activity, having each family take on the task of gathering information from the local courthouse, school district, public library, etc. -- this, of course, requires advance planning and assignment, but could generate considerable interest and results. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Mayer reunion.