Welcome to the Vancey 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 Vancey 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 Vancey genealogy.
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I. The Vancey Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Vancey family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How common it is for Vancey siblings to have the same first name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
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II. Vancey Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Vancey records. Years ago many people were unable to read and write, thus a given ancestor's name could be spelled in a variety of ways depending on who recorded it. If you want to know How can I locate old newspapers for Vancey research?, then read this frequently asked question.
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Vital records are essential for family history research because they were typically created at or near the time of the event, making the record more reliable. There are currently matching Vancey records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Vancey family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Vancey Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Vancey 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. Vancey DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Vancey relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Vancey research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
V. Vancey Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Vancey ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my Vancey family history on the Internet? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Vancey Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Vancey 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 Vancey 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 Vancey ancestors.
VII. Vancey Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Vancey Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Vancey, 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."
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IX. Upcoming Vancey Family Reunions
One key to a successful Vancey 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 Vancey reunion.
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