Welcome to the Bays 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 Bays 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 Bays ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Bays Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Bays family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I find the second married name of a female Bays ancestor? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Bays Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Bays 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. If you want to know How can city directories be used to help my Bays research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Bays
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 Bays records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Bays family history resource today.
Origins of the Bays Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Bays ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. 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 91], the surname BAYS is defined as Fl. Baye; D. Beyer; Dch. Bes, Bey, Bies; p. n. See Bee
Bays DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Bays 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 are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Bays research?, then this FAQ may help.
Bays Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Bays ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my Bays family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Bays Researchers
When you've come up against a brick wall in your genealogy research, posting a message board query can help; one of the biggest benefits is that message board queries are accessed through search engines, which means even someone not specifically engaged in genealogy but interested in your subject may find your query and bring valuable new information to the table -- it happens! The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Bays 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 Bays ancestors.
Bays Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Bays was the 4561st most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Bays Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Bays, 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 Bays Family Reunions
Notifying everyone in advance to bring old photos and documents can bring big rewards, making a special place at the reunion (maybe even a special Bays booth) where people can come at their leisure to sit, look and chat; in addition to information and clues that might be written on the back of a photo, every photograph has a story and serves as an excellent stimulus to recall -- people might comment not only on the people in the photo, but also on what's in the background, or they might have information around where the photo was taken or the event -- just be sure to have someone there to capture new information. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Bays reunion.