Welcome to the Amies Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Amies surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Amies genealogy.
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I. The Amies Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Amies family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I distinguish my Amies ancestor from others of the same name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Amies Ancestors
II. Amies Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Amies 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 Amies ancestor?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Amies
Vital records are essential for family history research because they were typically created at or near the time of the event, making the record more reliable. There are currently matching Amies records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Amies family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Amies Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Amies last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Amies 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.
According to British Family Names: Their Origin and Meaning [page 82], the surname AMIES is defined as From Hamois; a loc. n., Fland. Or Hiesmes, Normandy; A. S. Am, Em. Haim, Ham; F. Emo, Eme; Dch. Ameaz, Amsen, Emous, Amen; Fl. Ameys; D. Ham, Hemme; G. Ameis, Emmes. Hems, Hemme; p. n. (active)
IV. Amies DNA Projects
Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your Amies family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Amies research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
V. Amies Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Amies ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Faddish First Names" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Amies family history.
VI. Networking with Amies Researchers
One of the best ways to solve a genealogy problem is by enlisting the help of others through a message board query that is open to the public, allowing you to cast a wide net that can be accessed by anyone, around the world and around the clock --- at the same time, because it is a public forum, you will want to exercise caution in posting personal information or information about living persons. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Amies 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 Amies ancestors.
VII. Amies Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Amies Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Amies, 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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IX. Upcoming Amies Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Amies family members; you may want to consider a roundtable where you can gather different groups together at different times such as siblings to discuss their parents and childhood memories, cousins, aunts and uncles to discuss the grandparent generation, etc. - the collective memory and stimulus of shared experience can yield considerable information. The article "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Amies reunion.
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