Welcome to the Zilay 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 Zilay 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 Zilay ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Zilay Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Zilay family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. Have you struck a Zilay brick wall? Read "Documenting Genealogical Research" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Zilay Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Zilay ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Zilay ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Zilay
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 Zilay records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Zilay family history resource today.
Origins of the Zilay Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Zilay last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Zilay 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.
Zilay 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 Zilay family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Zilay research?, then this FAQ may help.
Zilay Family History
There is more to exploring your Zilay 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 Zilay family history.
Networking with Zilay 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 Zilay 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 Zilay ancestors.
Zilay Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Zilay Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Zilay, 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 Zilay 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 Zilay 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 Zilay reunion.