Welcome to the Neely 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 Neely 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 Neely ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Neely Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Neely family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Neely brick wall? Read "The 12 Essential Skills for Family Genealogists" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Neely Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Neely 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 Neely research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Neely
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Neely records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Neely family history resource today.
Origins of the Neely Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Neely ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Neely DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Neely 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 Neely research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Neely Family History
There is more to exploring your Neely 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 Neely family history.
Networking with Neely Researchers
As genealogy researchers, we are eternally grateful to come upon information shared by others that enlightens our research; and we can reciprocate by paying it forward in responding to message board queries and sharing our own information that others in down the road or in future generations may benefit. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Neely 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 Neely ancestors.
Neely Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Neely was the 1195th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Neely Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Neely, 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 Neely Family Reunions
Notifying everyone in advance to bring old photos and documents can bring big rewards, making a special place at the reunion (maybe even a special Neely booth) where people can come at their leisure to sit, look and chat; in addition to information and clues that might be written on the back of a photo, every photograph has a story and serves as an excellent stimulus to recall -- people might comment not only on the people in the photo, but also on what's in the background, or they might have information around where the photo was taken or the event -- just be sure to have someone there to capture new information. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Neely reunion.