The Braine Genealogy and Family Tree Page

Welcome to the Braine 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 Braine 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 Braine ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!

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The Braine Family Tree

It is important to remember that there is no single Braine family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How can I find the second married name of a female Braine ancestor? and you might be surprised at the answer.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Braine Ancestors

Braine Genealogy

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 Braine ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Braine my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Braine

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 count of matching Braine records matching Braine records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Braine family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Braine Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Braine 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.

According to An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names [page 77], the surname BRAINE is defined as Local. A small town and abbey on the river Vesle, in France. Brain, Gaelic, a chieftan; a naval commander; a captain of a ship.

Braine DNA Projects

While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Braine 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 Braine research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".

Braine 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 Braine 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 "The Role Of History In Genealogical Research" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Braine family history.

Photo Collections

Networking with Braine Researchers

When you've come up against a brick wall in your genealogy research, posting a message board query can help; one of the biggest benefits is that message board queries are accessed through search engines, which means even someone not specifically engaged in genealogy but interested in your subject may find your query and bring valuable new information to the table -- it happens! The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Braine 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 Braine ancestors.

Braine Achievements & Celebrities

Web Sites & Blogs with Braine Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Braine, 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
RootsWeb search of Obituary Daily Times
RootsWeb search of Social Security Death Index

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Upcoming Braine Family Reunions

Notifying everyone in advance to bring old photos and documents can bring big rewards, making a special place at the reunion (maybe even a special Braine booth) where people can come at their leisure to sit, look and chat; in addition to information and clues that might be written on the back of a photo, every photograph has a story and serves as an excellent stimulus to recall -- people might comment not only on the people in the photo, but also on what's in the background, or they might have information around where the photo was taken or the event -- just be sure to have someone there to capture new information. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Braine reunion.

See Also

Brayne   Brainei   Braina   Brain   Raine  

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Surname Finder, The Braine Genealogy and Family Tree Page [on-line resource], New Providence, NJ, USA: Genealogy Today LLC, 2020.

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