Alter records on Ancestry

Ancestry is a major source of information if you are filling out your Alter family tree. Many large databases are available to search covering from births, deaths and marriages, military records, census records and immigration records with many other smaller collections too. Free trials are normally available and are a good way to fill out a lot of your tree quickly.

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Origins and History


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Birth, Death and Marriage Records for the Alter Family Tree

Birth, Death and Marriage records are often the best method of making the links to the Alter Genealogy that will form part of your family tree. Although records vary from country to country, they are normally the most formal record of a person's relations. From the sources listed below it will be possible to locate a birth record and, from that record, a birth certificate may be obtainable which is likely to list the names of the parents, therefore taking you back another generation. A marriage certificate may also list the names of the respective fathers of the bride and groom which may then help you to find them earlier in life on a census record enabling you to fill out more detail in the Alter family tree.

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Some Famous People with the surname of Alter

Wikipedia Louis Alter (June 18, 1902, Haverhill, Massachusetts?November 5, 1980, New York City, New York) was an American pianist, songwriter and composer.
Wikipedia Dinsmore Alter (March 28, 1888 ? September 20, 1968) was an American astronomer and meteorologist.
Wikipedia Karl Joseph Alter (August 18, 1885 ? August 23, 1977) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, who served as Archbishop of Cincinnati from 1950 to 1969.
Wikipedia Tom Alter (born) is an Indian actor of American origin.
Wikipedia Jonathan Alter (born October 6, 1957) is an American columnist and senior editor for "Newsweek" magazine, where he has worked since 1983.
Wikipedia David Alter (December 3 1807 ? September 18 1881) was a prominent American inventor and scientist of the 19th century.
Wikipedia Bill Alter (born May 15, 1944) is a Missouri Republican politician currently serving in the Missouri State Senate.
Wikipedia Stephen Alter (born 1956) is an American author, primarily of non-fiction but also of fiction, who was born and raised in India, where he grew up as the son of missionaries.
Wikipedia Hobart "Hobie" Alter, born October 31, 1933, is a founding pioneer in the surfboard shaping industry, creator of the Hobie Cat, and founder of the Hobie company.
Wikipedia Franciszek Alter (born November 22, 1889 in Lviv - January 23, 1945 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen) was a Polish general.
Wikipedia Victor Alter (also Wiktor Alter) (born February 7, 1890 in M?awa, died February 17, 1943 in the Soviet Union) was a Jewish socialist activist and publicist of the Bund, and a member of the executive committee of the Second International.