Welcome to the Lafley 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 Lafley 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 Lafley ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Lafley Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Lafley family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Lafley brick wall? Read "Efficient and Effective Research Tips" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Lafley Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Lafley 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 Lafley research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Lafley
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Lafley records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Lafley family history resource today.
Origins of the Lafley Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Lafley 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.
Lafley DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Lafley ancestors were related, it can easily prove if they weren't. Be sure you understand what types of research issues each different DNA test can address before you spend any money. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Lafley research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Lafley Family History
There is more to exploring your Lafley 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. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing Where can I find a biography of my Lafley ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Lafley Researchers
When it comes families and genealogy research, it's important to remember that different people may have different information: some may even have inherited one-of-a-kind family documents or photos, and the best way to connect with these family members is by posting a message board query -- often in the process of collaboration, you can build a more complete picture of your ancestor or ancestral family. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Lafley 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 Lafley ancestors.
Lafley Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Lafley Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Lafley, 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 Lafley 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 "Lafley 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Lafley reunion.