The Gay Genealogy and Family Tree Page

Welcome to the Gay 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 Gay 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 Gay ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!

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The Gay Family Tree

It is important to remember that there is no single Gay 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 Gay family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Gay Ancestors

Gay Genealogy

Keep an open mind when searching through Gay 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 Gay research?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Gay

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 count of matching Gay records matching Gay records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Gay family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Gay Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Gay ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Gay is considered a very common surname, which offers its own set of challenges? The article "Researching Common Names" 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.

Gay DNA Projects

DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Gay 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 Gay research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".

Gay Family History

Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Gay ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my Gay family history on the Internet? is always useful.

Photo Collections

Networking with Gay 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Gay 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 Gay ancestors.

Gay Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Gay was the 774th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

Web Sites & Blogs with Gay Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Gay, 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 Gay 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 "Gay 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Gay reunion.

See Also

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