Welcome to the Jay 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 Jay 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 Jay ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Jay Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Jay family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Jay brick wall? Read "Searching and Organization" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Jay Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Jay 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 Jay research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Jay
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Jay records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Jay family history resource today.
Origins of the Jay Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Jay 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.
Jay DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Jay 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 Jay research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Jay Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Jay 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 Jay family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Jay 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 Jay 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 Jay ancestors.
Jay Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Jay was the 3741st most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Jay Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Jay, 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 Jay 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 Jay 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 Jay reunion.