Welcome to the Ayers 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 Ayers 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 Ayers ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Ayers Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Ayers family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I distinguish my Ayers ancestor from others of the same name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Ayers Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Ayers 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 Ayers research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Ayers
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 Ayers records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Ayers family history resource today.
Origins of the Ayers Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Ayers ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Ayers 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.
According to British Family Names: Their Origin and Meaning [page 86], the surname AYERS is defined as N. Eyar; N.-Fr. Le Heres; Fl. Eyer, Eyers; p. n. (island warrior)
Ayers DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Ayers 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 Ayers research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Ayers Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Ayers 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 Ayers family history.
Networking with Ayers 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 Ayers 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 Ayers ancestors.
Ayers Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Ayers was the 677th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Ayers Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ayers, 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 Ayers Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Ayers 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 Ayers reunion.