Welcome to the Jude 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 Jude 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 Jude ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Jude Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Jude family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Jude brick wall? Read "Searching and Organization" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Jude Ancestors
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Jude ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Digital Books and Microfilm" can help accelerate your Jude research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Jude
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Jude records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Jude family history resource today.
Origins of the Jude Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Jude 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.
Jude 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 Jude 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 Jude research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Jude Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Jude 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 Jude family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Jude 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 Jude 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 Jude ancestors.
Jude Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Jude was the 2869th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Jude Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Jude, 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 Jude 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 Jude 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 Jude reunion.