Welcome to the Wheeler 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 Wheeler 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 Wheeler ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Wheeler Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Wheeler family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Wheeler brick wall? Read "Soundex Sorts Out Family Names" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Wheeler Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Wheeler ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know How do I find my Wheeler family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Wheeler
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Wheeler records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Wheeler family history resource today.
Origins of the Wheeler Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Wheeler ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Wheeler is considered a very common surname, which offers its own set of challenges? The article "Researching Common Names" may be helpful for your research. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Wheeler DNA Projects
Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your Wheeler family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Wheeler research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Wheeler 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 Wheeler 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 Wheeler family history.
Networking with Wheeler Researchers
In the course of genealogy research, collaboration is key -- we really cannot do it alone, and one of the great benefits of participating in community message boards is building relationships that not only enlightens our research but strengthens bonds across the miles. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Wheeler 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 Wheeler ancestors.
Wheeler Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Wheeler was the 208th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Wheeler Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Wheeler, 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."
Recently Discovered WHEELER Clippings and Mentions
Upcoming Wheeler Family Reunions
One key to a successful Wheeler 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 Wheeler reunion.