Welcome to the Rhoedes 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 Rhoedes 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 Rhoedes genealogy.
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I. The Rhoedes Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Rhoedes family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Rhoedes brick wall? Read "Searching For A Needle In An Ancestral Haystack" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Rhoedes Ancestors
II. Rhoedes Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Rhoedes ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know How do I find my Rhoedes family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Rhoedes
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Rhoedes records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Rhoedes family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Rhoedes Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Rhoedes last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Rhoedes 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. Rhoedes 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 Rhoedes 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 Rhoedes research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
V. Rhoedes Family History
There is more to exploring your Rhoedes 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 Was my Rhoedes ancestor's name changed at Ellis Island? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Rhoedes 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 Rhoedes 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 Rhoedes ancestors.
VII. Rhoedes Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Rhoedes Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Rhoedes, 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 Rhoedes 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 Rhoedes 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 Rhoedes reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Rhoedes genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 13/Dec/2013.
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