Welcome to the Jolly 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 Jolly 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 Jolly ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Jolly Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Jolly family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Jolly brick wall? Read "Searching and Organization" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Jolly Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Jolly ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Jolly births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Jolly
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Jolly records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Jolly family history resource today.
Origins of the Jolly Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Jolly last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Jolly 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.
Jolly DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Jolly 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 Jolly research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Jolly Family History
There is more to exploring your Jolly 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. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Estate Records and Files" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Jolly family history.
Networking with Jolly 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 Jolly 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 Jolly ancestors.
Jolly Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Jolly was the 1819th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Jolly Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Jolly, 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 Jolly 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 Jolly 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Jolly reunion.