Welcome to the Gilcriest 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 Gilcriest 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 Gilcriest ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Gilcriest Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Gilcriest 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 Gilcriest family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Gilcriest Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Gilcriest ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Gilcriest ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Gilcriest
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 Gilcriest records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Gilcriest family history resource today.
Origins of the Gilcriest Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Gilcriest last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Gilcriest 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.
Gilcriest 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 Gilcriest 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 Gilcriest research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
Gilcriest Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Gilcriest ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Using Social History To Fill In The Gaps In Family Histories" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Gilcriest family history.
Networking with Gilcriest 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 Gilcriest 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 Gilcriest ancestors.
Gilcriest Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Gilcriest Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Gilcriest, 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 Gilcriest 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 "Gilcriest 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 Gilcriest reunion.