Welcome to the Esprey 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 Esprey 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 Esprey genealogy.
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I. The Esprey Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Esprey 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 Esprey are related? and you might be surprised at the answer.
II. Esprey Genealogy
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 Esprey 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 Esprey grandmother's passport?, then read this frequently asked question.
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 Esprey records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Esprey family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Esprey 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 Esprey surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Esprey DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Esprey 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 Esprey research, read "When do you use DNA?".
V. Esprey Family History
There is more to exploring your Esprey 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 Esprey ancestor? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Esprey 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 Esprey 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 Esprey ancestors.
VII. Esprey Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Esprey Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Esprey, 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 Esprey Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Esprey 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 Esprey reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Esprey genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 21/May/2013.
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