Welcome to the Eiel 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 Eiel 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 Eiel ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Eiel Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Eiel 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 Eiel are related? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Eiel Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Eiel ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Eiel ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Eiel
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 Eiel records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Eiel family history resource today.
Origins of the Eiel Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Eiel 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.
Eiel DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Eiel 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 Eiel research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Eiel Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Eiel 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 Eiel family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Eiel 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Eiel 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 Eiel ancestors.
Eiel Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Eiel Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Eiel, 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 Eiel Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Eiel 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Eiel reunion.