Welcome to the Tilly 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 Tilly 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 Tilly ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Tilly Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Tilly family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Tilly brick wall? Read "Schools Records Can Reveal A Lot About Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Tilly Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Tilly ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Tilly ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Tilly
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Tilly records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Tilly family history resource today.
Origins of the Tilly Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Tilly last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Tilly 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.
Tilly DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Tilly 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 Tilly research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Tilly Family History
There is more to exploring your Tilly 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. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Estate Records and Files" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Tilly family history.
Networking with Tilly Researchers
When it comes families and genealogy research, it's important to remember that different people may have different information: some may even have inherited one-of-a-kind family documents or photos, and the best way to connect with these family members is by posting a message board query -- often in the process of collaboration, you can build a more complete picture of your ancestor or ancestral family. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Tilly 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 Tilly ancestors.
Tilly Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Tilly was the 17523rd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Tilly Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Tilly, 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 recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.
Upcoming Tilly Family Reunions
Pedigree charts and family group records are important genealogical tools, so bringing or creating on site a big family pedigree (or family tree) is sure to draw attention; at the same time, have plenty of blank family group sheets available for individual families to complete and submit to go into a "Tilly family record book," which you can then digitize and share -- you can then bring the physical book back to the next reunion, adding new families each time. The article "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Tilly reunion.