Welcome to the Orne 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 Orne 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 Orne ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Orne Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Orne family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Orne brick wall? Read "Know Where to Begin Your Genealogical Search" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Orne 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 Orne ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Orne my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Orne
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Orne records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Orne family history resource today.
Origins of the Orne Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Orne last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Orne 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.
Orne 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 Orne 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 Orne research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Orne Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Orne 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 Orne family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Orne Researchers
In the course of genealogy research, collaboration is key -- we really cannot do it alone, and one of the great benefits of participating in community message boards is building relationships that not only enlightens our research but strengthens bonds across the miles. The article "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Orne 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 Orne ancestors.
Orne Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Orne was the 80253rd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Orne Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Orne, 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 Orne Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Orne family history, which provides opportunities to share stories and visit cemeteries or old home sites; you may even want to consider as a one-day activity, having each family take on the task of gathering information from the local courthouse, school district, public library, etc. -- this, of course, requires advance planning and assignment, but could generate considerable interest and results. The article "Reunions: Beyond Aunt Pat's Rhubarb Pie and Aunt Edna's Wet Kisses" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Orne reunion.