Welcome to the Seely 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 Seely 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 Seely ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Seely Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Seely family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Seely brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Seely Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Seely 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 I locate old newspapers for Seely research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Seely
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Seely records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Seely family history resource today.
Origins of the Seely Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Seely 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.
Seely DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Seely 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 Seely research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Seely Family History
There is more to exploring your Seely 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 Seely family history.
Networking with Seely Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Seely surname, posting a message query can help you connect with distant cousins and others who may be working on the same lines, some of whom may have advanced the research or solved some of the hard problems, but are willing to share. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Seely 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 Seely ancestors.
Seely Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Seely was the 4889th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Seely Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Seely, 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."
RootsWeb search of US Naturalization Records
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Upcoming Seely Family Reunions
One key to a successful Seely reunion is preparation, and for the family researcher that means getting the word out in advance on what to bring (such as the family photo collection); arranging for the display of shared information; and planning activities conducive to sharing; and one of the best ways to get others to participate is in bringing something of your own to share such a picture pedigree, compiled family history or biographical sketch, or even a copies of a treasured photo as a gift for each family -- you may even want to consider putting together a reunion newsletter in advance to be distributed at the reunion, asking for help in solving one or more specific family mysteries: you never know who might have insight they are willing to share, one-on-one. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Seely reunion.
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