Welcome to the Hilyer 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 Hilyer 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 Hilyer ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Hilyer Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Hilyer family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Hilyer brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Hilyer Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Hilyer ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Hilyer ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Hilyer
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Hilyer records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Hilyer family history resource today.
Origins of the Hilyer Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Hilyer last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Hilyer 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.
Hilyer 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 Hilyer 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 Hilyer research?, then this FAQ may help.
Hilyer Family History
There is more to exploring your Hilyer 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. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing Where can I find a biography of my Hilyer ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Hilyer 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 Hilyer 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 Hilyer ancestors.
Hilyer Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Hilyer was the 31835th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Hilyer Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Hilyer, 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."
To recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.
Upcoming Hilyer 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 "Hilyer 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 Hilyer reunion.