Welcome to the Hey 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 Hey 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 Hey ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Hey Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Hey family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Hey brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Hey Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Hey 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 Hey research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Hey
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Hey records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Hey family history resource today.
Origins of the Hey Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Hey 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.
Hey DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Hey 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 Hey research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Hey Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Hey 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 Hey family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Hey Researchers
When digging deeper into your ancestor's occupation, a great way to connect with others of a similar interest -- many who might have detailed information, is by posting a message board query giving clear information as to your ancestor's name and the specific occupation or organization, in time and place. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Hey 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 Hey ancestors.
Hey Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Hey was the 16502nd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Hey Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Hey, 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 Hey 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 "Hey 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 Hey reunion.