Welcome to the Amy 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 Amy 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 Amy ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Amy Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Amy family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I distinguish my Amy ancestor from others of the same name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Amy Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Amy ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know What is a necrology and and how does it differ from an obituary for my Amy ancestor?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Amy
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 Amy records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Amy family history resource today.
Origins of the Amy Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Amy ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Amy DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Amy 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 Amy research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Amy Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Amy 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 Amy family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Amy 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Amy 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 Amy ancestors.
Amy Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Amy was the 13597th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Amy Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Amy, 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."
To recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.
Upcoming Amy Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Amy 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Amy reunion.