Welcome to the Smit 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 Smit 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 Smit ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Smit Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Smit family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Smit brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Smit Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Smit ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know What is a necrology and and how does it differ from an obituary for my Smit ancestor?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Smit
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Smit records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Smit family history resource today.
Origins of the Smit Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Smit last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Smit 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.
Smit DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Smit 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 Smit research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Smit Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Smit 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 Smit family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Smit Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Smit surname, posting a message query can help you connect with distant cousins and others who may be working on the same lines, some of whom may have advanced the research or solved some of the hard problems, but are willing to share. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Smit 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 Smit ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with Smit Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Smit, 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 Smit Family Reunions
One key to a successful Smit reunion is preparation, and for the family researcher that means getting the word out in advance on what to bring (such as the family photo collection); arranging for the display of shared information; and planning activities conducive to sharing; and one of the best ways to get others to participate is in bringing something of your own to share such a picture pedigree, compiled family history or biographical sketch, or even a copies of a treasured photo as a gift for each family -- you may even want to consider putting together a reunion newsletter in advance to be distributed at the reunion, asking for help in solving one or more specific family mysteries: you never know who might have insight they are willing to share, one-on-one. The article "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Smit reunion.