Welcome to the Defranke 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 Defranke 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 Defranke genealogy.
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I. The Defranke Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Defranke family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, How do I begin my Defranke family tree? and you might be surprised at the answer.
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II. Defranke Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Defranke 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 Defranke research?, then read this frequently asked question.
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Vital records are essential for family history research because they were typically created at or near the time of the event, making the record more reliable. There are currently matching Defranke records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Defranke family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Defranke Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Defranke 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.
IV. Defranke DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Defranke relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Defranke research, read "When do you use DNA?".
V. Defranke Family History
There is more to exploring your Defranke 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 How can I decipher the handwriting in old Defranke documents? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Defranke 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Defranke 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 Defranke ancestors.
VII. Defranke Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Defranke Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Defranke, 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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IX. Upcoming Defranke 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 "Defranke 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Defranke reunion.
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