Welcome to the Ayala 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 Ayala 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 Ayala ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Ayala Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Ayala family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I distinguish my Ayala ancestor from others of the same name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Ayala Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Ayala records. Years ago many people were unable to read and write, thus a given ancestor's name could be spelled in a variety of ways depending on who recorded it. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Practical Advise for Researching Immigrants" can help accelerate your Ayala research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Ayala
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 Ayala records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Ayala family history resource today.
Origins of the Ayala Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Ayala ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Ayala is considered a very common surname, which offers its own set of challenges? The article "Researching Common Names" may be helpful for your research. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Ayala DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Ayala ancestors were related, it can easily prove if they weren't. Be sure you understand what types of research issues each different DNA test can address before you spend any money. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Ayala research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Ayala Family History
There is more to exploring your Ayala 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. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How can I decipher the handwriting in old Ayala documents? is always useful.
Networking with Ayala 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Ayala 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 Ayala ancestors.
Ayala Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Ayala was the 513th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Ayala Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ayala, 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 Ayala Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Ayala 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Ayala reunion.