Welcome to the Wils 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 Wils 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 Wils ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Wils Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Wils family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Wils brick wall? Read "Soundex Sorts Out Family Names" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Wils Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Wils ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Wils ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Wils
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Wils records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Wils family history resource today.
Origins of the Wils Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Wils last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Wils 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.
Wils DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Wils 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 are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Wils research?, then this FAQ may help.
Wils Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Wils 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 Wils family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Wils 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 Wils 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 Wils ancestors.
Wils Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Wils Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Wils, 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 Wils Family Reunions
One key to a successful Wils 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 Wils reunion.