Welcome to the Matoy Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Matoy surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Matoy genealogy.
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I. The Matoy Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Matoy family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Matoy brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.
II. Matoy Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Matoy 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 city directories be used to help my Matoy research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Matoy records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Matoy family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Matoy Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Matoy surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Matoy DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Matoy 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 Matoy research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
V. Matoy Family History
There is more to exploring your Matoy 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 Matoy family history.
VI. Networking with Matoy Researchers
If you are doing genealogy research in a particular town or region distant from where you live, you may want to consider posting a message board query requesting a lookup; often local volunteers or residents are willing to lend a hand, but remember to be specific in your request and be respectful of others' time. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Matoy 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 Matoy ancestors.
VII. Matoy Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Matoy Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Matoy, 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 have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.
IX. Upcoming Matoy Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Matoy family history, which provides opportunities to share stories and visit cemeteries or old home sites; you may even want to consider as a one-day activity, having each family take on the task of gathering information from the local courthouse, school district, public library, etc. -- this, of course, requires advance planning and assignment, but could generate considerable interest and results. The article "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Matoy reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Matoy genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 25/May/2013.
If you host the Matoy blog or web page, please link to this surname-focused resource. Here's the HTML code for a basic link. Simply cut/paste this code on to your page.