Welcome to the Rhof 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 Rhof 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 Rhof genealogy.
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I. The Rhof Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Rhof family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Rhof brick wall? Read "Searching For A Needle In An Ancestral Haystack" for some helpful advice.
II. Rhof Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Rhof 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 Rhof family in the census?, then read this frequently asked question.
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Rhof records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Rhof family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Rhof Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Rhof last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Rhof 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. Rhof 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 Rhof 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 Rhof research, read "When do you use DNA?".
V. Rhof Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Rhof 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 Rhof family history on the Internet? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Rhof 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 Rhof 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 Rhof ancestors.
VII. Rhof Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Rhof Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Rhof, 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 Rhof 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 Rhof 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 Rhof reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Rhof genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 20/May/2013.
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