Welcome to the Smithy 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 Smithy 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 Smithy ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Smithy Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Smithy family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Smithy brick wall? Read "Newspapers Can Be A Treasure Trove Of Genealogical Details" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Smithy Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Smithy 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 Smithy ancestor?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Smithy
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Smithy records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Smithy family history resource today.
Origins of the Smithy Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Smithy last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Smithy 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.
Smithy DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Smithy 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 Smithy research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Smithy Family History
For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Smithy ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Researching Criminal Records" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Smithy family history.
Networking with Smithy Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Smithy 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Smithy 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 Smithy ancestors.
Smithy Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Smithy Research
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Upcoming Smithy Family Reunions
One key to a successful Smithy 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Smithy reunion.