Welcome to the Lane Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Lane surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Lane genealogy.
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I. The Lane Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Lane family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Lane brick wall? Read "Efficient and Effective Research Tips" for some helpful advice.
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II. Lane Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Lane 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 Lane research?, then read this frequently asked question.
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Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Lane records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Lane family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Lane Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Lane last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Lane ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Lane is considered a very common surname, which offers its own set of challenges? The article "Researching Common Names" may be helpful for your research. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
IV. Lane 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 Lane 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 Lane research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
V. Lane Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Lane 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 Lane family history on the Internet? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Lane Researchers
When it comes families and genealogy research, it's important to remember that different people may have different information: some may even have inherited one-of-a-kind family documents or photos, and the best way to connect with these family members is by posting a message board query -- often in the process of collaboration, you can build a more complete picture of your ancestor or ancestral family. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Lane 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 Lane ancestors.
VII. Lane Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Lane was the 182nd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Lane Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Lane, 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."
To have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.
IX. Upcoming Lane Family Reunions
Pedigree charts and family group records are important genealogical tools, so bringing or creating on site a big family pedigree (or family tree) is sure to draw attention; at the same time, have plenty of blank family group sheets available for individual families to complete and submit to go into a "Lane family record book," which you can then digitize and share -- you can then bring the physical book back to the next reunion, adding new families each time. The article "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Lane reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Lane genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 11/Dec/2013.
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