Welcome to the Cassilis 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 Cassilis 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 Cassilis ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Cassilis Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Cassilis family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How common it is for Cassilis siblings to have the same first name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Cassilis Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Cassilis 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 Cassilis research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Cassilis
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 Cassilis records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Cassilis family history resource today.
Origins of the Cassilis Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Cassilis surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Cassilis DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Cassilis 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 Cassilis research?, then this FAQ may help.
Cassilis Family History
For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Cassilis ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Our Ancestors Paid Taxes" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Cassilis family history.
Networking with Cassilis Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Cassilis surname, posting a message query can help you connect with distant cousins and others who may be working on the same lines, some of whom may have advanced the research or solved some of the hard problems, but are willing to share. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Cassilis 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 Cassilis ancestors.
Cassilis Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Cassilis Research
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Upcoming Cassilis Family Reunions
One key to a successful Cassilis reunion is preparation, and for the family researcher that means getting the word out in advance on what to bring (such as the family photo collection); arranging for the display of shared information; and planning activities conducive to sharing; and one of the best ways to get others to participate is in bringing something of your own to share such a picture pedigree, compiled family history or biographical sketch, or even a copies of a treasured photo as a gift for each family -- you may even want to consider putting together a reunion newsletter in advance to be distributed at the reunion, asking for help in solving one or more specific family mysteries: you never know who might have insight they are willing to share, one-on-one. The article "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Cassilis reunion.