Welcome to the Gallau 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 Gallau 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 Gallau ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Gallau Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Gallau family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, Where do I go to find birth, marriage, and death records for Gallau family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Gallau Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Gallau 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. If you want to know How can city directories be used to help my Gallau research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Gallau
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 Gallau records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Gallau family history resource today.
Origins of the Gallau Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Gallau last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Gallau 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.
Gallau DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Gallau 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 Gallau research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Gallau Family History
There is more to exploring your Gallau 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 How can I decipher the handwriting in old Gallau documents? is always useful.
Networking with Gallau Researchers
In the course of genealogy research, collaboration is key -- we really cannot do it alone, and one of the great benefits of participating in community message boards is building relationships that not only enlightens our research but strengthens bonds across the miles. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Gallau 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 Gallau ancestors.
Gallau Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Gallau Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Gallau, 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 Gallau Family Reunions
Pedigree charts and family group records are important genealogical tools, so bringing or creating on site a big family pedigree (or family tree) is sure to draw attention; at the same time, have plenty of blank family group sheets available for individual families to complete and submit to go into a "Gallau family record book," which you can then digitize and share -- you can then bring the physical book back to the next reunion, adding new families each time. The article "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Gallau reunion.