Welcome to the Varley 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 Varley 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 Varley ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Varley Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Varley family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Varley brick wall? Read "Knowing the Port of Entry Can Help Find Ancestral Records" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Varley Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Varley 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 city directories be used to help my Varley research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Varley
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Varley records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Varley family history resource today.
Origins of the Varley 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 Varley surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Varley DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Varley 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 Varley research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Varley Family History
There is more to exploring your Varley 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 Varley ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Varley Researchers
As genealogy researchers, we are eternally grateful to come upon information shared by others that enlightens our research; and we can reciprocate by paying it forward in responding to message board queries and sharing our own information that others in down the road or in future generations may benefit. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Varley 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 Varley ancestors.
Varley Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Varley was the 11932nd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Varley Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Varley, 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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Upcoming Varley Family Reunions
One key to a successful Varley 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Varley reunion.