Welcome to the Frefel 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 Frefel 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 Frefel genealogy.
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I. The Frefel Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Frefel family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, What records are best for finding my female Frefel ancestor's maiden name? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Frefel Ancestors
II. Frefel Genealogy
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 Frefel ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Frefel my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Frefel
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 Frefel records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Frefel family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Frefel Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Frefel 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. Frefel 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 Frefel 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 Frefel research, read "When do you use DNA?".
V. Frefel Family History
There is more to exploring your Frefel 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 Frefel ancestor? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Frefel Researchers
As genealogy researchers, we are eternally grateful to come upon information shared by others that enlightens our research; and we can reciprocate by paying it forward in responding to message board queries and sharing our own information that others in down the road or in future generations may benefit. The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Frefel 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 Frefel ancestors.
VII. Frefel Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Frefel Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Frefel, 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 Frefel Family Reunions
Family reunions are an ideal time interview older relatives and other Frefel family members; you may want to consider a roundtable where you can gather different groups together at different times such as siblings to discuss their parents and childhood memories, cousins, aunts and uncles to discuss the grandparent generation, etc. - the collective memory and stimulus of shared experience can yield considerable information. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Frefel reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Frefel 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/Mar/2014.
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