Welcome to the Skelby 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 Skelby 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 Skelby ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Skelby Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Skelby family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Skelby brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Skelby Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Skelby ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know What are the best records before birth and death registration was required to locate Skelby ancestors?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Skelby
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Skelby records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Skelby family history resource today.
Origins of the Skelby Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Skelby 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.
Skelby DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Skelby ancestors were related, it can easily prove if they weren't. Be sure you understand what types of research issues each different DNA test can address before you spend any money. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Skelby research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Skelby Family History
There is more to exploring your Skelby 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 How can I find out if my Skelby ancestor was an indentured servant? is always useful.
Networking with Skelby Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Skelby 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 Skelby 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 Skelby ancestors.
Skelby Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Skelby Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Skelby, 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 Skelby Family Reunions
One key to a successful Skelby 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 Skelby reunion.