Welcome to the Raitke 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 Raitke 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 Raitke genealogy.
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I. The Raitke Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Raitke family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Raitke brick wall? Read "Searching For A Needle In An Ancestral Haystack" for some helpful advice.
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II. Raitke Genealogy
Keep an open mind when searching through Raitke 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 Raitke research?, then read this frequently asked question.
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Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Raitke records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Raitke family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Raitke Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Raitke last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Raitke 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.
IV. Raitke DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Raitke 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 Raitke research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
V. Raitke Family History
For most people, just about every aspect of their life has been influenced in some way by their ancestors. Look beyond the names and dates to understand how and why your Raitke ancestors lived and strived to make a better life for their descendants. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Finding The Family History" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Raitke family history.
VI. Networking with Raitke 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 Raitke 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 Raitke ancestors.
VII. Raitke Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Raitke Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Raitke, 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."
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 Raitke 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 Raitke 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 Raitke reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Raitke genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 11/Dec/2013.
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