Welcome to the Arley 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 Arley 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 Arley ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Arley Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Arley family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I distinguish my Arley ancestor from others of the same name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Arley 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 Arley ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Arley my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Arley
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 Arley records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Arley family history resource today.
Origins of the Arley Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Arley last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Arley 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.
Arley 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 Arley 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 Arley research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Arley Family History
There is more to exploring your Arley 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 Arley family history.
Networking with Arley 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Arley 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 Arley ancestors.
Arley Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Arley Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Arley, 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 Arley Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Arley 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Arley reunion.