Welcome to the Ortefa 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 Ortefa 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 Ortefa ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Ortefa Family Tree
Everyone has different reasons for building a family tree; your personal motiviation will influence whether the Ortefa family tree has more depth or breadth. Have you struck a Ortefa brick wall? Read "Know Where to Begin Your Genealogical Search" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Ortefa 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 Ortefa ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. If you want to know Why can't I find Ortefa my ancestor in the SSDI?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Ortefa
Census records are among the most useful records available for family tree building. There are currently matching Ortefa records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Ortefa family history resource today.
Origins of the Ortefa Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Ortefa surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Ortefa 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 Ortefa 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 Ortefa research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Ortefa Family History
There is more to exploring your Ortefa 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 prisoner information for my Ortefa black sheep ancestors? is always useful.
Networking with Ortefa 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Ortefa 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 Ortefa ancestors.
Ortefa Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Ortefa Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ortefa, 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."
Upcoming Ortefa Family Reunions
Whenever possible, consider holding the family reunion in place where you have a strong Ortefa 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Ortefa reunion.