Welcome to the 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 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 Shea ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Shea Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Shea family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Shea brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Shea Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Shea ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know How do I find my Shea family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Shea
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Shea records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Shea family history resource today.
Origins of the Shea Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Shea 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.
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 Shea 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 Shea research?, then this FAQ may help.
Shea Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Shea 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 Shea family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Shea Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Shea surname, posting a message query can help you connect with distant cousins and others who may be working on the same lines, some of whom may have advanced the research or solved some of the hard problems, but are willing to share. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful 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 Shea ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with Shea Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of 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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Recently Discovered SHEA Clippings and Mentions
Upcoming Shea Family Reunions
One key to a successful Shea reunion is preparation, and for the family researcher that means getting the word out in advance on what to bring (such as the family photo collection); arranging for the display of shared information; and planning activities conducive to sharing; and one of the best ways to get others to participate is in bringing something of your own to share such a picture pedigree, compiled family history or biographical sketch, or even a copies of a treasured photo as a gift for each family -- you may even want to consider putting together a reunion newsletter in advance to be distributed at the reunion, asking for help in solving one or more specific family mysteries: you never know who might have insight they are willing to share, one-on-one. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Shea reunion.