The Miles Genealogy and Family Tree Page

Welcome to the Miles 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 Miles 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 Miles ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!

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The Miles Family Tree

Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Miles family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Miles brick wall? Read "Tips for Successful Research" for some helpful advice.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Miles Ancestors

Miles Genealogy

Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Miles ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Miles ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Miles

Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently count of matching Miles records matching Miles records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Miles family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Miles Surname

It is quite possible for two people with the Miles last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Miles ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Miles 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.

Miles 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 Miles family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Miles research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".

Miles Family History

Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Miles ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Faddish First Names" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Miles family history.

Photo Collections

Networking with Miles 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Miles 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 Miles ancestors.

Miles Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Miles was the 287th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

Web Sites & Blogs with Miles Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Miles, 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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Upcoming Miles Family Reunions

Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Miles 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Miles reunion.

See Also

Niles   Myles   Miels   Milesi   Mile   Nile   Myle   Miel   Meele   Mila   Mili   Milo   Milu   Mily   Iles  

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