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The Raively Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Raively 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 Raively 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 Raively genealogy.

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I. The Raively Family Tree

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

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Raively Ancestors

II. Raively Genealogy

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

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Raively

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

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Military Records

III. Origins of the Raively Surname

It is quite possible for two people with the Raively last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Raively 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. Raively DNA Projects

DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Raively 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 Raively research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".

V. Raively Family History

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

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with Raively 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 Raively 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 Raively ancestors.

VII. Raively Achievements & Celebrities

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Raively Research

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

 

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