Welcome to the Kelley 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 Kelley 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 Kelley ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Kelley Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Kelley family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Kelley brick wall? Read "Genealogical Research Habits" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Kelley Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Kelley 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 Kelley research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Kelley
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Kelley records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Kelley family history resource today.
Origins of the Kelley Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Kelley last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Kelley ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Kelley is considered a very common surname, which offers its own set of challenges? The article "Researching Common Names" may be helpful for your research. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Kelley DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Kelley 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 Kelley research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Kelley Family History
There is more to exploring your Kelley 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 Kelley ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Kelley Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Kelley surname, posting a message query can help you connect with distant cousins and others who may be working on the same lines, some of whom may have advanced the research or solved some of the hard problems, but are willing to share. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Kelley 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 Kelley ancestors.
Kelley Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Kelley was the 198th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Kelley Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Kelley, 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 Kelley Family Reunions
One key to a successful Kelley reunion is preparation, and for the family researcher that means getting the word out in advance on what to bring (such as the family photo collection); arranging for the display of shared information; and planning activities conducive to sharing; and one of the best ways to get others to participate is in bringing something of your own to share such a picture pedigree, compiled family history or biographical sketch, or even a copies of a treasured photo as a gift for each family -- you may even want to consider putting together a reunion newsletter in advance to be distributed at the reunion, asking for help in solving one or more specific family mysteries: you never know who might have insight they are willing to share, one-on-one. The article "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Kelley reunion.