Welcome to the Pilley 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 Pilley 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 Pilley ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Pilley Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Pilley family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Pilley brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Pilley Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Pilley ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Pilley ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Pilley
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Pilley records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Pilley family history resource today.
Origins of the Pilley Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Pilley last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Pilley ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Pilley DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Pilley 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 Pilley research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Pilley Family History
There is more to exploring your Pilley 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 Where can I find a biography of my Pilley ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Pilley Researchers
When digging deeper into your ancestor's occupation, a great way to connect with others of a similar interest -- many who might have detailed information, is by posting a message board query giving clear information as to your ancestor's name and the specific occupation or organization, in time and place. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Pilley 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 Pilley ancestors.
Pilley Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Pilley was the 49997th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Pilley Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Pilley, 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 Pilley Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Pilley 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 Pilley reunion.