Welcome to the Steekley 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 Steekley 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 Steekley genealogy.
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I. The Steekley Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Steekley family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Steekley brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Steekley Ancestors
II. Steekley Genealogy
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Steekley ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "All Those Genealogy Charts" can help accelerate your Steekley research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Steekley
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Steekley records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Steekley family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Steekley Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Steekley 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.
IV. Steekley 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 Steekley 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 Steekley research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
V. Steekley 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 Steekley 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 "Finding The Family History" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Steekley family history.
VI. Networking with Steekley Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Steekley 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 Steekley 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 Steekley ancestors.
VII. Steekley Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Steekley Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Steekley, 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 Steekley Family Reunions
One key to a successful Steekley 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 Steekley reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Steekley genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 20/Apr/2014.
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