Welcome to the Lanier 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 Lanier 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 Lanier ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Lanier Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Lanier family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Lanier brick wall? Read "Efficient and Effective Research Tips" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Lanier Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Lanier 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 Lanier research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Lanier
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Lanier records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Lanier family history resource today.
Origins of the Lanier Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Lanier last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Lanier 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.
Lanier DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Lanier 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 Lanier research, read "DNA Research and Your Family's History".
Lanier Family History
There is more to exploring your Lanier 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 Where can I find a biography of my Lanier ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Lanier 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 Lanier 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 Lanier ancestors.
Lanier Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Lanier was the 1696th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Lanier Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Lanier, 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."
RootsWeb search of US Naturalization Records
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Upcoming Lanier 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 "Lanier 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 Lanier reunion.
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