Welcome to the Reese Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Reese surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Reese genealogy.
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I. The Reese Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Reese family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Reese brick wall? Read "Searching For A Needle In An Ancestral Haystack" for some helpful advice.
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II. Reese Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Reese 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 Reese research?, then read this frequently asked question.
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Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Reese records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Reese family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Reese Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Reese ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Reese is considered a very common surname, which offers its own set of challenges? The article "Researching Common Names" 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.
IV. Reese DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Reese relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Reese research?, then this FAQ may help.
V. Reese Family History
There is more to exploring your Reese 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 Reese ancestor? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Reese Researchers
When you've come up against a brick wall in your genealogy research, posting a message board query can help; one of the biggest benefits is that message board queries are accessed through search engines, which means even someone not specifically engaged in genealogy but interested in your subject may find your query and bring valuable new information to the table -- it happens! The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Reese 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 Reese ancestors.
VII. Reese Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Reese was the 372nd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Reese Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Reese, 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."
To have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.
IX. Upcoming Reese 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 Reese 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 Reese reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Reese genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 05/Dec/2013.
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