Welcome to the Exley 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 Exley 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 Exley ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Exley Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Exley 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 Exley are related? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Exley Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Exley 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. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Researching Tax Records" can help accelerate your Exley research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Exley
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 Exley records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Exley family history resource today.
Origins of the Exley Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Exley last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Exley 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.
Exley DNA Projects
Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your Exley family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Exley research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Exley Family History
There is more to exploring your Exley 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. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Estate Records and Files" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Exley family history.
Networking with Exley 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 Exley 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 Exley ancestors.
Exley Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Exley was the 11237th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Exley Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Exley, 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 Exley Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Exley 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 Exley reunion.