Welcome to the Jenkins 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 Jenkins 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 Jenkins ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Jenkins Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Jenkins family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Jenkins brick wall? Read "Searching and Organization" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Jenkins Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Jenkins 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 I locate old newspapers for Jenkins research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Jenkins
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Jenkins records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Jenkins family history resource today.
Origins of the Jenkins Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Jenkins last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Jenkins ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Jenkins 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.
Jenkins DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Jenkins 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 Jenkins research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Jenkins Family History
For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Jenkins ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Our Ancestors Paid Taxes" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Jenkins family history.
Networking with Jenkins 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 Jenkins 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 Jenkins ancestors.
Jenkins Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Jenkins was the 83rd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Jenkins Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Jenkins, 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 Jenkins 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 Jenkins 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 "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Jenkins reunion.