Welcome to the Weatherall 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 Weatherall 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 Weatherall ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Weatherall Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Weatherall family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Weatherall brick wall? Read "Soundex Sorts Out Family Names" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Weatherall Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Weatherall 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 Weatherall research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Weatherall
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Weatherall records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Weatherall family history resource today.
Origins of the Weatherall Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Weatherall 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.
Weatherall DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Weatherall 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 Weatherall research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Weatherall 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 Weatherall 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 "Researching Criminal Records" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Weatherall family history.
Networking with Weatherall 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 Weatherall 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 Weatherall ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with Weatherall Research
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Upcoming Weatherall Family Reunions
One key to a successful Weatherall 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 Weatherall reunion.