Welcome to the Raiper 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 Raiper 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 Raiper ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Raiper Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Raiper family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Raiper brick wall? Read "Searching For A Needle In An Ancestral Haystack" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Raiper Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Raiper 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 Raiper research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Raiper
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Raiper records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Raiper family history resource today.
Origins of the Raiper Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Raiper last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Raiper 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.
Raiper DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Raiper 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're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Raiper research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
Raiper Family History
There is more to exploring your Raiper 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 Raiper ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Raiper 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 Raiper 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 Raiper ancestors.
Raiper Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Raiper Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Raiper, 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 Raiper 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 Raiper 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 Raiper reunion.