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Have you ever wondered about your STEIERT surname?

Then welcome to the STEIERT Surname Research Project!
This project combines DNA testing and traditional genealogy to explore the meaning and origins of this highly unique surname.  DNA testing is a great tool to further your genealogical research.  We encourage you to make it one of your tools. If you are not certain at this time, you are still warmly invited to participate in the traditional genealogy portion of this project.

What if I don't spell my surname this way?

Because STEIERT is the most common form of this surname, it is used as the all inclusive form when referring to any of the known variants..Currently, the known forms of the STEIERT surname are: STEIERT, STAIERT, STAYERT, STEYERT, STEUERT and STIERT. In addition to these modern forms, STEINHARDT, STEINHART and STEIGERT are known to be archaic forms of the STEIERT Surname. However at this time, not all holders of these archaic forms are believed to be genetically related to the STEIERT lines. 

Any individual with one the modern forms of the surname, or a researcher with one of these surnames in their family tree, will automatically qualify for membership. Holders of the STEINHARDT, STEINHART and STEIGERT archaic forms, who can trace their ancestry to Kirchzarten, or one of the nearby villages in the Black Forest are also highly encourage to apply for membership. Because not all holders of the archaic forms are believed to be related, they will also be encouraged to participate in the DNA component of the project

For all others, if you have a surname, including any of those below, that is phonetically equivalent and you believe you can establish genealogical linkage to the known forms of the STEIERT surname, you are also encouraged to apply for membership.

Surnames that are believed to be phonetically equivalent, but currently are not believed to be genetically related are: Steert, Steighert, Stewert, Steeart, Steiwert, Seidert, Staert, Stairet, Stiwert, Styaert, Styrt, Styert and Styart. Other similar names may exist.


About the STEIERT Surname Research Project.

The project maintains two primary websites. They are available to all participants and those who are interested in finding out more about the STEIERT Surname Research Project. Both websites are open to all and you do not need to be registered or logged in to view any page of either of the project's websites. You are encouraged to access both websites, whether your specific interest or participation is in DNA testing or the traditional genealogy portion only. While some information is unavoidably duplicated on both websites, there is significant information that is unique to each website, so it is important that you visit both websites to learn the full project scope.

  • The STAIERT Surname Research Project - DNA Component WEBSITE:
    The DNA Component website is the primary site for those who are participating in the Y-DNA testing portion of the project. In addition to providing overall project goals and project background, the primary tools of this website are the DNA Results page and the Results Tab on the About page. The DNA Results page posts the Y-DNA results for all DNA tested project participants. The Results Tab on the About page will provide reports on the analysis and progress of participant test results and their import on project goals and objectives. To participate in this portion of the project you must be either, a STEIERT surname male, or be a researcher who can enlist a father, brother, male cousin, or other directly related STEIERT-variant-surname male to submit a valid Y-DNA test kit sample on their behalf. Valid DNA test results from as many STEIERT male lines and their analysis are essential to this projects goals. This website is hosted on Family Tree DNA.
  • The STEIERT Surname Research Project - Genealogy Component WEBSITE:
    The Genealogy Component website is the primary site for those who are participating in the Genealogy portion of the project. In addition to this brief Welcome page, the primary tool of this website is the Patriarchs Page. The Patriarchs Page is used to aggregate the Pedigrees for all project participants, including those participating in the DNA portion of the project. A pedigree is a list the direct male ancestors for each project participant going back to their earliest known Steiert ancestor. Posting of pedigrees is 1) a great way for both the project administrator and participant to get a feel for the lineages and the researchers for this surname and 2) more importantly the pedigrees will enable us to find and develop possible linkages in paper trails, and put project members in touch with each other. Both of these abilities are critical to project goals. This website is hosted by World Families.Net

Primary Website Linkage: Both websites are linked and integrated. Each contains reciprocal links to allow easy navigation between them. In addition, both websites provide additional links to offsite webpages that are of a more general nature that are felt to be either supportive of this project and its' goals or that you may find useful in your own research. The links for the Project's two primary websites are below.

German Language Website: At this time, neither of the two previous sites contain any content written in German. To accommodate those participants who are native German language speakers, a German language site, STEIERT Familienname Forschungsprojekt has been created on GenWiki (See link below).  About half of the project's prospective participants reside in Germany.  Their participation in this project is essential to meeting the goals of this project. While the content on the GenWiki site does not replicate either of the two previous sites, it contains all the essential project information plus some information that is unique to it. For non-German Speakers you can see the same content as the German languge site also on GenWiki (See link for English mirror site)


Project Website Links

  • STEIERT Surname Research Project - DNA Component WEBSITE: https://www.familytreedna.com/groups/staiert/
    (Navigate to all pages of the project using the menu hotlinks down the left side and the menu bar across the top of the page just below the banner—You do not need to be registered or logged in to view any page of the project’s website.)
  • STEIERT Surname Research Project - Genealogy Component WEBSITE: http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/Steiert
    (Navigate to all pages of the project using the menu bar across the top of the page just below the banner—You do not need to be registered or logged in to view any page of the project’s website.)d
  • STEIERT Familienname Forschungsprojekt - Deutsche Sprache WEBSITE: http://genwiki.genealogy.net/Steiert_(Familienname)
  • STEIERT Surnam Research Project - English Language mirror WEBSITE: http://wiki-en.genealogy.net/Steiert  (mirror site for STEIERT Familienname Forschungsprojekt)

Menu Bar Page Descriptions:

  • Project Home & Patriarchs:  The function of these pages has already been described above.
  • Projekt Home:  The Projekt Home page provides the German language equivalent content of the Project Home page. In addition, it may be supplemented with additional information that may useful to German speaking participant.
  • Pedigree Email Format:  The Pedigree Email Format page provides the format and detail instructions for the preparation and submittal of a participants pedigree. 
  • Help:  The Help page currently provides answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) that other WorldFamilies.Net (WFN) surname project participants have submitted.  It has been compiled by WFN. Overtime, we will incorporate any questions unique to this project.
  • Order Test:  The Order Test page is a link to the Family Tree DNA website page for existing or new project participants who wish to participate in the DNA portion of this project. The Order Test page can also be accessed directly from the FTDNA primary project DNA Component website
  • Pedigrees:  The Pedigree page is a link to the forum page maintained by WFN for the STEIERT Surname Research Project.  It is similar in fucntion to message boards maintained on other genealogy websites.  Currently it contains an invitation and instructions for submitting Pedigrees. However, its' primary purpose is to provide a convenient forum for communication between individual project participants and all project members. Questions, comments and any pertinent information that a member has can be posted there. 

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