Welcome to the Shief 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 Shief 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 Shief ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Shief Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Shief family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Shief brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Shief Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Shief 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 Shief family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Shief
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Shief records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Shief family history resource today.
Origins of the Shief Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Shief last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Shief 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.
Shief 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 Shief 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 Shief research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Shief Family History
There is more to exploring your Shief 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 prisoner information for my Shief black sheep ancestors? is always useful.
Networking with Shief Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Shief 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Shief 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 Shief ancestors.
Shief Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Shief Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Shief, 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 Shief Family Reunions
One key to a successful Shief 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Shief reunion.