The Rayford Genealogy and Family Tree Page

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

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The Rayford Family Tree

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

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Rayford Ancestors

Rayford Genealogy

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

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Rayford

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

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Rayford Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Rayford ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.

Rayford DNA Projects

Don't believe the hype! When DNA testing was first made available for genealogical purposes, some companies boasted how it could solve all your Rayford family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Rayford research, read "When do you use DNA?".

Rayford 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 Rayford 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 "Learning About Women - The Invisible Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Rayford family history.

Photo Collections

Networking with Rayford 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 "The Art of Posting Queries" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Rayford 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 Rayford ancestors.

Rayford Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Rayford was the 4414th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

Web Sites & Blogs with Rayford Research

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

To recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.

Upcoming Rayford 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 Rayford 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 "A Great Way to Unite a Newly-Found Family" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Rayford reunion.

See Also

Rayfort   Raiford   Rayfor  

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