Welcome to the O'Nay 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 O'Nay 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 O'Nay ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The O'Nay Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the O'Nay family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a O'Nay brick wall? Read "Know Where to Begin Your Genealogical Search" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering O'Nay Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding O'Nay ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know What is the first census year to identify the informant in every O'Nay household?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for O'Nay
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching O'Nay records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online O'Nay family history resource today.
Origins of the O'Nay Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your O'Nay 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.
O'Nay 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 O'Nay family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for O'Nay research?, then this FAQ may help.
O'Nay Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your O'Nay ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my O'Nay family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with O'Nay Researchers
In the course of genealogy research, collaboration is key -- we really cannot do it alone, and one of the great benefits of participating in community message boards is building relationships that not only enlightens our research but strengthens bonds across the miles. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful O'Nay 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 O'Nay ancestors.
O'Nay Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with O'Nay Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of O'Nay, 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 O'Nay Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong O'Nay 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful O'Nay reunion.