Welcome to the Plays 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 Plays 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 Plays ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Plays Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Plays family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Plays brick wall? Read "Genealogy's Most Popular Disbeliefs" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Plays Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Plays ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know What information is given in U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules about Plays citizens from the past?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Plays
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Plays records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Plays family history resource today.
Origins of the Plays Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Plays 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.
Plays 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 Plays 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 Plays research?, then this FAQ may help.
Plays Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Plays 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 Plays family history.
Networking with Plays 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Plays 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 Plays ancestors.
Plays Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Plays Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Plays, 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."
Upcoming Plays Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Plays 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 Plays reunion.