The Grayson Genealogy and Family Tree Page

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

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The Grayson Family Tree

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

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Grayson Ancestors

Patronymics is the practice of naming children using the given name of the father, grandfather, or other male ancestor followed by a suffix. In the case of Grayson, it is possible that one of your English ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Gray." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.

Grayson Genealogy

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 Grayson ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Grayson my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Grayson

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 Grayson records matching Grayson records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Grayson family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Grayson Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Grayson 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.

Grayson 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 Grayson 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 Grayson research?, then this FAQ may help.

Grayson Family History

Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Grayson 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 Grayson family history.

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Networking with Grayson 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 Grayson 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 Grayson ancestors.

Grayson Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Grayson was the 1618th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

Web Sites & Blogs with Grayson Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Grayson, 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 Grayson 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 "Grayson 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 Grayson reunion.

See Also

Greyson   Graysen   Grayso   Grays   Rayson  

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