Welcome to the Graysay 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 Graysay 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 Graysay ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Graysay Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Graysay 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 Graysay family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Graysay Ancestors
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Graysay ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Graysay my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Graysay
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 Graysay records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Graysay family history resource today.
Origins of the Graysay Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Graysay 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.
Graysay 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 Graysay family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Graysay research?, then this FAQ may help.
Graysay Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Graysay 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 "Faddish First Names" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Graysay family history.
Networking with Graysay 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 Graysay 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 Graysay ancestors.
Graysay Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Graysay Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Graysay, 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 Graysay 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 "Graysay 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 Graysay reunion.