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