Welcome to the Whay 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 Whay 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 Whay ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Whay Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Whay family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Whay brick wall? Read "Soundex Sorts Out Family Names" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Whay Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Whay 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 Whay family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Whay
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Whay records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Whay family history resource today.
Origins of the Whay Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Whay 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.
Whay 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 Whay family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Whay research?, then this FAQ may help.
Whay Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Whay 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 Whay family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Whay 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 Whay 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 Whay ancestors.
Whay Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Whay Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Whay, 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 Whay Family Reunions
One key to a successful Whay 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 Whay reunion.