The Raines Genealogy and Family Tree Page

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

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The Raines Family Tree

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

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Raines Ancestors

Raines Genealogy

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

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Raines

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

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Raines Surname

It is quite possible for two people with the Raines last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Raines ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.

Raines DNA Projects

While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Raines ancestors were related, it can easily prove if they weren't. Be sure you understand what types of research issues each different DNA test can address before you spend any money. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Raines research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".

Raines Family History

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

Photo Collections

Networking with Raines 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 "Looking for John Smith - Focusing a Query" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Raines 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 Raines ancestors.

Raines Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Raines was the 1392nd most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

Web Sites & Blogs with Raines Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Raines, 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

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Upcoming Raines 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 Raines 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Raines reunion.

See Also

Raynes   Raine   Raime   Rayne   Rehine   Raina   Raini   Raino   Rainy   Aines  

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Surname Finder, The Raines Genealogy and Family Tree Page [on-line resource], New Providence, NJ, USA: Genealogy Today LLC, 2019.

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