The Chiefly Genealogy and Family Tree Page

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

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The Chiefly Family Tree

It is important to remember that there is no single Chiefly family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How common it is for Chiefly siblings to have the same first name? and you might be surprised at the answer.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Chiefly Ancestors

Chiefly Genealogy

Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Chiefly ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know How do I find my Chiefly family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Chiefly

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

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Chiefly Surname

It is quite possible for two people with the Chiefly last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Chiefly 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.

Chiefly 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 Chiefly family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Chiefly research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".

Chiefly Family History

There is more to exploring your Chiefly 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 Where can I find prisoner information for my Chiefly black sheep ancestors? is always useful.

Photo Collections

Networking with Chiefly Researchers

In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Chiefly 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Chiefly 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 Chiefly ancestors.

Chiefly Achievements & Celebrities

Web Sites & Blogs with Chiefly Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Chiefly, 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
RootsWeb search of Obituary Daily Times
RootsWeb search of Social Security Death Index

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Upcoming Chiefly Family Reunions

One key to a successful Chiefly 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Chiefly reunion.

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Surname Finder, The Chiefly Genealogy and Family Tree Page [on-line resource], New Providence, NJ, USA: Genealogy Today LLC, 2014.

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