Welcome to the Jane 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 Jane 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 Jane ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Jane Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Jane family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Jane brick wall? Read "Searching and Organization" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Jane Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Jane 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 Jane research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Jane
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Jane records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Jane family history resource today.
Origins of the Jane Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Jane last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Jane 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.
Jane 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 Jane 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 Jane research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Jane Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Jane ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my Jane family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Jane 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 Jane 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 Jane ancestors.
Jane Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Jane was the 46919th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Jane Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Jane, 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 Jane 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 Jane 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 Jane reunion.