Welcome to the Jourdan 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 Jourdan 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 Jourdan ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Jourdan Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Jourdan family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Jourdan brick wall? Read "Searching and Organization" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Jourdan Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Jourdan ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Jourdan births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Jourdan
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Jourdan records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Jourdan family history resource today.
Origins of the Jourdan Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Jourdan surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Jourdan DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Jourdan 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 Jourdan research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Jourdan Family History
There is more to exploring your Jourdan 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 Was my Jourdan ancestor's name changed at Ellis Island? is always useful.
Networking with Jourdan 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Jourdan 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 Jourdan ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with Jourdan Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Jourdan, 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."
Upcoming Jourdan 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 Jourdan 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Jourdan reunion.