The Zeley Genealogy and Family Tree Page

Welcome to the Zeley 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 Zeley 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 Zeley ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!

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The Zeley Family Tree

It is important to remember that there is no single Zeley family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. Have you struck a Zeley brick wall? Read "Documenting Genealogical Research" for some helpful advice.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Zeley Ancestors

Zeley Genealogy

Keep an open mind when searching through Zeley records. Years ago many people were unable to read and write, thus a given ancestor's name could be spelled in a variety of ways depending on who recorded it. If you want to know How can I locate old newspapers for Zeley research?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Zeley

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 count of matching Zeley records matching Zeley records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Zeley family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Zeley Surname

It is quite possible for two people with the Zeley last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Zeley 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.

Zeley 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 Zeley family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Zeley research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".

Zeley Family History

There is more to exploring your Zeley 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. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Estate Records and Files" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Zeley family history.

Photo Collections

Networking with Zeley Researchers

When you've come up against a brick wall in your genealogy research, posting a message board query can help; one of the biggest benefits is that message board queries are accessed through search engines, which means even someone not specifically engaged in genealogy but interested in your subject may find your query and bring valuable new information to the table -- it happens! The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Zeley 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 Zeley ancestors.

Zeley Achievements & Celebrities

Web Sites & Blogs with Zeley Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Zeley, 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."

RootsWeb search of US Naturalization Records
RootsWeb search of Obituary Daily Times
RootsWeb search of Social Security Death Index

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Upcoming Zeley Family Reunions

Notifying everyone in advance to bring old photos and documents can bring big rewards, making a special place at the reunion (maybe even a special Zeley booth) where people can come at their leisure to sit, look and chat; in addition to information and clues that might be written on the back of a photo, every photograph has a story and serves as an excellent stimulus to recall -- people might comment not only on the people in the photo, but also on what's in the background, or they might have information around where the photo was taken or the event -- just be sure to have someone there to capture new information. The article "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Zeley reunion.

See Also

Zelay   Zelie   Zely   Zele   Eley  

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Surname Finder, The Zeley Genealogy and Family Tree Page [on-line resource], New Providence, NJ, USA: Genealogy Today LLC, 2014.

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