Welcome to the Cajune Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Cajune surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Cajune genealogy.
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I. The Cajune Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Cajune family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How common it is for Cajune siblings to have the same first name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Cajune Ancestors
II. Cajune Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Cajune 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 Cajune research?, then read this frequently asked question.
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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 matching Cajune records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Cajune family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Cajune Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Cajune last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Cajune 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.
IV. Cajune DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Cajune 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 Cajune research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
V. Cajune 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 Cajune 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 Cajune family history.
VI. Networking with Cajune Researchers
In doing genealogy research, we surely don't want to reinvent the wheel; in researching your Cajune 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 Cajune 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 Cajune ancestors.
VII. Cajune Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Cajune was the 87109th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Cajune Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Cajune, 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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IX. Upcoming Cajune Family Reunions
One key to a successful Cajune 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 Cajune reunion.
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