Welcome to the Hilly 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 Hilly 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 Hilly ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Hilly Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Hilly family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Hilly brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Hilly Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Hilly ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Hilly ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Hilly
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Hilly records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Hilly family history resource today.
Origins of the Hilly Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Hilly last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Hilly 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.
Hilly DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Hilly ancestors were related, it can easily prove if they weren't. Be sure you understand what types of research issues each different DNA test can address before you spend any money. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Hilly research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Hilly Family History
There is more to exploring your Hilly ancestry than just gathering a bunch of names and dates. Understanding where your ancestors lived, how they were employed, and what they did for fun, may give you a better appreciation of your heritage. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Estate Records and Files" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Hilly family history.
Networking with Hilly 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Hilly 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 Hilly ancestors.
Hilly Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Hilly Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Hilly, 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 Hilly 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 "Hilly 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 Hilly reunion.