Welcome to the Ealley 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 Ealley 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 Ealley genealogy.
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I. The Ealley Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Ealley family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do you find out if two people named Ealley are related? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Ealley Ancestors
II. Ealley Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Ealley 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 Ealley research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Ealley
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 Ealley records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Ealley family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Ealley Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Ealley last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Ealley 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. Ealley DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Ealley 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 Ealley research, read "When do you use DNA?".
V. Ealley Family History
There is more to exploring your Ealley 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 Ealley ancestor? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Ealley Researchers
If you are doing genealogy research in a particular town or region distant from where you live, you may want to consider posting a message board query requesting a lookup; often local volunteers or residents are willing to lend a hand, but remember to be specific in your request and be respectful of others' time. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Ealley 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 Ealley ancestors.
VII. Ealley Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Ealley was the 85608th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Ealley Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ealley, 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 Ealley Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Ealley family history, which provides opportunities to share stories and visit cemeteries or old home sites; you may even want to consider as a one-day activity, having each family take on the task of gathering information from the local courthouse, school district, public library, etc. -- this, of course, requires advance planning and assignment, but could generate considerable interest and results. The article "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Ealley reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Ealley genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 04/Dec/2013.
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