Welcome to the Y 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 Y 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 Y ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Y Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Y family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. Have you struck a Y brick wall? Read "The Elusive Maiden Name" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Y Ancestors
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Y ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "" can help accelerate your Y research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Y
Vital records are essential for family history research because they were typically created at or near the time of the event, making the record more reliable. There are currently matching Y records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Y family history resource today.
Origins of the Y Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Y surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Y DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Y 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 Y research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Y 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 Y family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Y Researchers
One of the best ways to solve a genealogy problem is by enlisting the help of others through a message board query that is open to the public, allowing you to cast a wide net that can be accessed by anyone, around the world and around the clock --- at the same time, because it is a public forum, you will want to exercise caution in posting personal information or information about living persons. The article "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Y 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 Y ancestors.
Y Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Y Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Y, 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 Y Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Y family members; you may want to consider a roundtable where you can gather different groups together at different times such as siblings to discuss their parents and childhood memories, cousins, aunts and uncles to discuss the grandparent generation, etc. - the collective memory and stimulus of shared experience can yield considerable information. The article "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Y reunion.