Welcome to the Bly 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 Bly 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 Bly ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Bly Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Bly 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 Bly ancestor? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Bly Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Bly 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 Bly citizens from the past?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Bly
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 Bly records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Bly family history resource today.
Origins of the Bly Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Bly 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.
Bly DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Bly 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 Bly research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Bly Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Bly 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 Bly family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Bly 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 Bly 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 Bly ancestors.
Bly Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Bly was the 5633rd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Bly Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Bly, 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 Bly 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 Bly 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 Bly reunion.