Welcome to the Autry 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 Autry 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 Autry ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Autry Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Autry family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I distinguish my Autry ancestor from others of the same name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Autry Ancestors
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Autry ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Digital Books and Microfilm" can help accelerate your Autry research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Autry
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 Autry records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Autry family history resource today.
Origins of the Autry Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Autry surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Autry DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Autry 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 Autry research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Autry Family History
There is more to exploring your Autry 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. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Estate Records and Files" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Autry family history.
Networking with Autry 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Autry 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 Autry ancestors.
Autry Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Autry was the 4036th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Autry Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Autry, 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 Autry Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Autry 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Autry reunion.