Welcome to the Leonia 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 Leonia 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 Leonia ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Leonia Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Leonia family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Leonia brick wall? Read "Efficient and Effective Research Tips" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Leonia Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Leonia 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 Leonia research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Leonia
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Leonia records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Leonia family history resource today.
Origins of the Leonia Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Leonia last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Leonia 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.
Leonia DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Leonia 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 Leonia research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Leonia Family History
For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Leonia ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Our Ancestors Paid Taxes" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Leonia family history.
Networking with Leonia Researchers
When it comes families and genealogy research, it's important to remember that different people may have different information: some may even have inherited one-of-a-kind family documents or photos, and the best way to connect with these family members is by posting a message board query -- often in the process of collaboration, you can build a more complete picture of your ancestor or ancestral family. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Leonia 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 Leonia ancestors.
Leonia Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Leonia Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Leonia, 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 Leonia 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 "Leonia 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Leonia reunion.