Welcome to the Rau 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 Rau 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 Rau ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Rau Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Rau family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Rau brick wall? Read "Searching For A Needle In An Ancestral Haystack" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Rau Ancestors
Keep an open mind when searching through Rau 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 Rau research?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Rau
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Rau records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Rau family history resource today.
Origins of the Rau Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Rau surname. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Rau DNA Projects
DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Rau 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 Rau research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Rau Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Rau ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my Rau family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Rau 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Rau 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 Rau ancestors.
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Web Sites & Blogs with Rau Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Rau, 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 Rau 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 Rau 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Rau reunion.