Welcome to the Geel 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 Geel 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 Geel genealogy.
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I. The Geel Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Geel 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 Geel family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.
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II. Geel Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Geel 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 I locate old newspapers for Geel research?, then read this frequently asked question.
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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 Geel records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Geel family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Geel Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Geel ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Geel DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Geel 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 Geel research, read "When do you use DNA?".
V. Geel Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Geel 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 Geel family history on the Internet? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Geel 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 Geel 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 Geel ancestors.
VII. Geel Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Geel was the 63894th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Geel Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Geel, 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 Geel 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 "Geel 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 Geel reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Geel genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 11/Mar/2014.
If you host the Geel blog or web page, please link to this surname-focused resource. Here's the HTML code for a basic link. Simply cut/paste this code on to your page.