Welcome to the Kelly 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 Kelly 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 Kelly ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Kelly Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Kelly family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Kelly brick wall? Read "Genealogical Research Habits" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Kelly Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Kelly 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 Kelly research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Kelly
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Kelly records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Kelly family history resource today.
Origins of the Kelly Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Kelly last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Kelly ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Kelly is a common Irish surname? The article "The Luck of the Irish Research" 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.
Kelly DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Kelly 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 Kelly research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Kelly Family History
There is more to exploring your Kelly 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 Kelly family history.
Networking with Kelly Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Kelly 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 Kelly 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 Kelly ancestors.
Kelly Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Kelly was the 74th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Kelly Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Kelly, 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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Recently Discovered KELLY Clippings and Mentions
Upcoming Kelly Family Reunions
One key to a successful Kelly 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 Kelly reunion.