Welcome to the Mear 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 Mear 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 Mear ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Mear Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Mear family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Mear brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Mear Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Mear 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 I locate old newspapers for Mear research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Mear
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Mear records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Mear family history resource today.
Origins of the Mear Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Mear ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Mear DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Mear 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 Mear research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Mear Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Mear ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my Mear family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Mear 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 Mear 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 Mear ancestors.
Mear Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Mear Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Mear, 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 Mear Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Mear 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 Mear reunion.