The Ragsdell Genealogy and Family Tree Page

Welcome to the Ragsdell 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 Ragsdell 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 Ragsdell ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!

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The Ragsdell Family Tree

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

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Ragsdell Ancestors

Ragsdell Genealogy

Keep an open mind when searching through Ragsdell 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 Ragsdell research?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Ragsdell

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

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Origins of the Ragsdell Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Ragsdell 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.

Ragsdell DNA Projects

DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Ragsdell 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 are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Ragsdell research?, then this FAQ may help.

Ragsdell Family History

There is more to exploring your Ragsdell 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 Was my Ragsdell ancestor's name changed at Ellis Island? is always useful.

Photo Collections

Networking with Ragsdell 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 Ragsdell 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 Ragsdell ancestors.

Ragsdell Achievements & Celebrities

Web Sites & Blogs with Ragsdell Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ragsdell, 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 Ragsdell 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 Ragsdell 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 Ragsdell reunion.

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