Welcome to the O'Shea 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'Shea 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'Shea ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The O'Shea Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the O'Shea family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a O'Shea brick wall? Read "Know Where to Begin Your Genealogical Search" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering O'Shea Ancestors
Patronymics is the practice of naming children using the given name of the father, grandfather, or other male ancestor preceeded by a prefix. In the case of O'Shea, it is possible that one of your Gaelic/Irish ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Shea." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your O'Shea ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find my O'Shea grandmother's passport?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for O'Shea
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching O'Shea records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online O'Shea family history resource today.
Origins of the O'Shea Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the O'Shea last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your O'Shea ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that O'Shea is a common Irish surname? The article "The Luck of the Irish Research" 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.
O'Shea 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'Shea 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 O'Shea research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
O'Shea Family History
There is more to exploring your O'Shea 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. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How can I decipher the handwriting in old O'Shea documents? is always useful.
Networking with O'Shea 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful O'Shea 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'Shea ancestors.
O'Shea Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with O'Shea Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of O'Shea, 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'Shea Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong O'Shea 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 O'Shea reunion.