Welcome to the Heyes 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 Heyes 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 Heyes ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Heyes Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Heyes family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Heyes brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Heyes Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Heyes 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 Heyes research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Heyes
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Heyes records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Heyes family history resource today.
Origins of the Heyes Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Heyes 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.
Heyes 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 Heyes 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 Heyes research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Heyes Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Heyes 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 Heyes family history.
Networking with Heyes 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 Heyes 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 Heyes ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with Heyes Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Heyes, 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 Heyes 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 "Heyes 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 Heyes reunion.