Welcome to the Wiliam 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 Wiliam 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 Wiliam ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Wiliam Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Wiliam family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Wiliam brick wall? Read "Soundex Sorts Out Family Names" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Wiliam Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Wiliam ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Wiliam ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Wiliam
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Wiliam records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Wiliam family history resource today.
Origins of the Wiliam Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Wiliam last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Wiliam ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Wiliam DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Wiliam 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 Wiliam research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
Wiliam Family History
There is more to exploring your Wiliam 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 How can I decipher the handwriting in old Wiliam documents? is always useful.
Networking with Wiliam 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Wiliam 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 Wiliam ancestors.
Wiliam Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Wiliam Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Wiliam, 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 Wiliam Family Reunions
One key to a successful Wiliam 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Wiliam reunion.