Welcome to the Ela 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 Ela 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 Ela ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Ela Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Ela 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 Ela are related? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Ela Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Ela ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know What information is given in U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules about Ela citizens from the past?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Ela
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 Ela records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Ela family history resource today.
Origins of the Ela Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Ela 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.
Ela DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Ela 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're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Ela research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Ela Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Ela 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 Ela family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Ela 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 Ela 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 Ela ancestors.
Ela Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Ela Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ela, 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 Ela Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Ela 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 Ela reunion.