Welcome to the Sumley 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 Sumley 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 Sumley genealogy.
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I. The Sumley Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Sumley family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Sumley brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Sumley Ancestors
II. Sumley 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 Sumley ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Digital Books and Microfilm" can help accelerate your Sumley research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Sumley
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Sumley records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Sumley family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Sumley Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Sumley last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Sumley 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. Sumley DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Sumley 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 Sumley research, read "When do you use DNA?".
V. Sumley Family History
There is more to exploring your Sumley 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 a biography of my Sumley ancestor? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Sumley Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Sumley 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 Sumley 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 Sumley ancestors.
VII. Sumley Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Sumley Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Sumley, 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 Sumley Family Reunions
One key to a successful Sumley 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 Sumley reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Sumley genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 10/Dec/2013.
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