The Bellamy Genealogy and Family Tree Page

Welcome to the Bellamy 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 Bellamy 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 Bellamy ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!

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The Bellamy Family Tree

It is important to remember that there is no single Bellamy 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 Bellamy ancestor? and you might be surprised at the answer.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Bellamy Ancestors

Bellamy Genealogy

Keep an open mind when searching through Bellamy 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 I locate old newspapers for Bellamy research?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Bellamy

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 count of matching Bellamy records matching Bellamy records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Bellamy family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Bellamy Surname

It is quite possible for two people with the Bellamy last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Bellamy 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 An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names [page 68], the surname BELLAMY is defined as Local. From Bellesme, a town of France, or it may be Belami, French, a dear and excellent friend, from bel, fair or beautiful, and ami, a friend or companion.

Bellamy DNA Projects

While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Bellamy 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 Bellamy research, read "When do you use DNA?".

Bellamy Family History

There is more to exploring your Bellamy 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 Bellamy documents? is always useful.

Photo Collections

Networking with Bellamy 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Bellamy 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 Bellamy ancestors.

Bellamy Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Bellamy was the 1851st most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

Web Sites & Blogs with Bellamy Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Bellamy, 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."

RootsWeb search of US Naturalization Records
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RootsWeb search of Social Security Death Index

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Upcoming Bellamy 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 Bellamy 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Bellamy reunion.

See Also

Belamy   Bellany   Bellama   Bellam   Belam   Pellam   Bellan   Bellama   Bellame  

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