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The Shipley Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Shipley 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 Shipley 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 Shipley genealogy.

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I. The Shipley Family Tree

It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Shipley family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Shipley brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Shipley Ancestors

II. Shipley Genealogy

Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Shipley 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 Shipley family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Shipley

Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently count of matching Shipley records matching Shipley records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Shipley family history resource today.

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III. Origins of the Shipley Surname

It is quite possible for two people with the Shipley last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Shipley 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.

IV. Shipley DNA Projects

DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Shipley 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're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Shipley research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".

V. Shipley Family History

For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Shipley ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Looking at Our Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Shipley family history.

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with Shipley Researchers

In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Shipley 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 Shipley 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 Shipley ancestors.

VII. Shipley Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Shipley was the 1770th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Shipley Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Shipley, 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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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 Shipley Family Reunions

One key to a successful Shipley 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 Shipley reunion.

 

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