Welcome to the Townley 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 Townley 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 Townley ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Townley Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Townley family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Townley brick wall? Read "Schools Records Can Reveal A Lot About Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Townley Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Townley ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Townley births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Townley
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Townley records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Townley family history resource today.
Origins of the Townley Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Townley surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Townley DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Townley 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 Townley research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Townley 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 Townley 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 Townley family history.
Networking with Townley 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Townley 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 Townley ancestors.
Townley Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Townley was the 7507th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Townley Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Townley, 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 Townley 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 "Townley 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Townley reunion.