Welcome to the Hale 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 Hale 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 Hale ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Hale Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Hale family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Hale brick wall? Read "Caring for your Ancestors" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Hale Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Hale 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 city directories be used to help my Hale research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Hale
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Hale records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Hale family history resource today.
Origins of the Hale Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Hale last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Hale ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Hale is considered a very common surname, which offers its own set of challenges? The article "Researching Common Names" may be helpful for your research. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Hale 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 Hale 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 Hale research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Hale Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Hale 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 Hale family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Hale Researchers
When digging deeper into your ancestor's occupation, a great way to connect with others of a similar interest -- many who might have detailed information, is by posting a message board query giving clear information as to your ancestor's name and the specific occupation or organization, in time and place. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Hale 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 Hale ancestors.
Hale Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Hale was the 296th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Hale Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Hale, 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 Hale Family Reunions
Pedigree charts and family group records are important genealogical tools, so bringing or creating on site a big family pedigree (or family tree) is sure to draw attention; at the same time, have plenty of blank family group sheets available for individual families to complete and submit to go into a "Hale family record book," which you can then digitize and share -- you can then bring the physical book back to the next reunion, adding new families each time. The article "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Hale reunion.