The Blays Genealogy and Family Tree Page

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

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The Blays Family Tree

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

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Blays Ancestors

Blays Genealogy

Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Blays ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know What information is given in U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules about Blays citizens from the past?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Blays

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 Blays records matching Blays records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Blays family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Blays Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Blays 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.

Blays DNA Projects

Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your Blays family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Blays research?, then this FAQ may help.

Blays Family History

Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Blays 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 Blays family history.

Photo Collections

Networking with Blays 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 Blays 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 Blays ancestors.

Blays Achievements & Celebrities

Web Sites & Blogs with Blays Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Blays, 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 Blays 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 Blays 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 Blays reunion.

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