Welcome to the Gallo 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 Gallo 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 Gallo ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Gallo Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Gallo 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 Gallo family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Gallo Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Gallo 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 Gallo research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Gallo
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 Gallo records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Gallo family history resource today.
Origins of the Gallo Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Gallo last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Gallo ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Gallo is a common Italian surname? The article "Tips for Using Italian Civil Vital Records" may be helpful for your research. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Gallo DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Gallo 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 Gallo research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Gallo Family History
For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Gallo ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Learning About Women - The Invisible Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Gallo family history.
Networking with Gallo 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 Gallo 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 Gallo ancestors.
Gallo Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Gallo was the 1938th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Gallo Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Gallo, 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 recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.
Upcoming Gallo 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 "Gallo 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 Gallo reunion.