Welcome to the Gefer 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 Gefer 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 Gefer ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Gefer Family Tree
It is important to remember that there is no single Gefer family tree, as last names were assigned to people for various reasons. We are often asked, Where do I go to find birth, marriage, and death records for Gefer family members? and you might be surprised at the answer.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Gefer Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Gefer 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 Gefer research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Gefer
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 Gefer records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Gefer family history resource today.
Origins of the Gefer Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Gefer 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.
Gefer 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 Gefer 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 Gefer research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Gefer Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Gefer ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Using Social History To Fill In The Gaps In Family Histories" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Gefer family history.
Networking with Gefer 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Gefer 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 Gefer ancestors.
Gefer Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Gefer Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Gefer, 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 Gefer 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 "Gefer 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 Gefer reunion.