Welcome to the Meara 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 Meara 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 Meara ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Meara Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Meara family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Meara brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Meara Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Meara 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 Meara research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Meara
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Meara records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Meara family history resource today.
Origins of the Meara Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Meara 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.
Meara DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Meara 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 Meara research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Meara Family History
There is more to exploring your Meara 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 How can I decipher the handwriting in old Meara documents? is always useful.
Networking with Meara 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 Meara 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 Meara ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with Meara Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Meara, 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 Meara Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Meara 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 Meara reunion.