Welcome to the Espley 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 Espley 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 Espley ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Espley Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Espley 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 Espley are related? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Espley Ancestors
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Espley ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find my Espley grandmother's passport?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Espley
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 Espley records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Espley family history resource today.
Origins of the Espley Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Espley surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Espley DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Espley 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 Espley research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Espley Family History
There is more to exploring your Espley 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 Espley ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Espley 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Espley 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 Espley ancestors.
Espley Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Espley Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Espley, 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."
Upcoming Espley Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Espley 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Espley reunion.