Welcome to the Colley Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Colley surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Colley genealogy.
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I. The Colley Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Colley family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How common it is for Colley siblings to have the same first name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Colley Ancestors
II. Colley Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Colley ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Colley births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Colley
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 Colley records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Colley family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Colley Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Colley last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Colley 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.
IV. Colley DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Colley 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 Colley research, read "When do you use DNA?".
V. Colley Family History
There is more to exploring your Colley 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 a biography of my Colley ancestor? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Colley Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Colley 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 Colley 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 Colley ancestors.
VII. Colley Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Colley was the 3515th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Colley Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Colley, 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."
To have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.
IX. Upcoming Colley Family Reunions
One key to a successful Colley 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 Colley reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Colley genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 11/Dec/2013.
If you host the Colley blog or web page, please link to this surname-focused resource. Here's the HTML code for a basic link. Simply cut/paste this code on to your page.