Welcome to the Jancen 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 Jancen 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 Jancen ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Jancen Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Jancen family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Jancen brick wall? Read "Searching and Organization" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Jancen Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Jancen 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 Jancen research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Jancen
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Jancen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Jancen family history resource today.
Origins of the Jancen Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Jancen last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Jancen 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.
Jancen DNA Projects
Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your Jancen family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Jancen research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
Jancen Family History
There is more to exploring your Jancen 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 Where can I find a biography of my Jancen ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Jancen 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Jancen 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 Jancen ancestors.
Jancen Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Jancen Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Jancen, 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 Jancen 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 Jancen 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Jancen reunion.