Welcome to the Jacobs 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 Jacobs 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 Jacobs ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Jacobs Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Jacobs family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Jacobs brick wall? Read "Searching and Organization" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Jacobs Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Jacobs 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 Jacobs research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Jacobs
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Jacobs records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Jacobs family history resource today.
Origins of the Jacobs Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Jacobs ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Jacobs is considered a very common surname, which offers its own set of challenges? The article "Researching Common Names" may be helpful for your research. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Jacobs DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Jacobs 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 Jacobs research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
Jacobs Family History
There is more to exploring your Jacobs 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 How can I find out if my Jacobs ancestor was an indentured servant? is always useful.
Networking with Jacobs 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 Jacobs 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 Jacobs ancestors.
Jacobs Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Jacobs was the 231st most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Jacobs Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Jacobs, 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 Jacobs 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 Jacobs 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 Jacobs reunion.