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The Rafeek Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Rafeek 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 Rafeek 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 Rafeek genealogy.

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I. The Rafeek Family Tree

It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Rafeek family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Rafeek brick wall? Read "Searching For A Needle In An Ancestral Haystack" for some helpful advice.

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Rafeek Ancestors

II. Rafeek Genealogy

Keep an open mind when searching through Rafeek 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 city directories be used to help my Rafeek research?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Rafeek

Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently count of matching Rafeek records matching Rafeek records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Rafeek family history resource today.

Death Records

Military Records

III. Origins of the Rafeek Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Rafeek 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. Rafeek 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 Rafeek 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 Rafeek research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".

V. Rafeek Family History

There is more to exploring your Rafeek 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 Rafeek ancestor? is always useful.

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with Rafeek Researchers

When you've come up against a brick wall in your genealogy research, posting a message board query can help; one of the biggest benefits is that message board queries are accessed through search engines, which means even someone not specifically engaged in genealogy but interested in your subject may find your query and bring valuable new information to the table -- it happens! The article "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Rafeek 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 Rafeek ancestors.

VII. Rafeek Achievements & Celebrities

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Rafeek Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Rafeek, 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."

RootsWeb search of US Naturalization Records
RootsWeb search of Obituary Daily Times
RootsWeb search of Social Security Death Index

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 Rafeek Family Reunions

Notifying everyone in advance to bring old photos and documents can bring big rewards, making a special place at the reunion (maybe even a special Rafeek booth) where people can come at their leisure to sit, look and chat; in addition to information and clues that might be written on the back of a photo, every photograph has a story and serves as an excellent stimulus to recall -- people might comment not only on the people in the photo, but also on what's in the background, or they might have information around where the photo was taken or the event -- just be sure to have someone there to capture new information. The article "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Rafeek reunion.

 

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