Welcome to the Rixen 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 Rixen 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 Rixen genealogy.
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I. The Rixen Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Rixen family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Rixen brick wall? Read "Searching For A Needle In An Ancestral Haystack" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Rixen Ancestors
II. Rixen Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Rixen ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Rixen ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Rixen
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Rixen records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Rixen family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Rixen Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Rixen 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.
IV. Rixen 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 Rixen 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 Rixen research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
V. Rixen 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 Rixen 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 "The Role Of History In Genealogical Research" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Rixen family history.
VI. Networking with Rixen 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 Rixen 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 Rixen ancestors.
VII. Rixen Achievements & Celebrities
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Rixen Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Rixen, 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 Rixen 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 Rixen 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 Rixen reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Rixen genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 10/Dec/2013.
If you host the Rixen blog or web page, please link to this surname-focused resource. Here's the HTML code for a basic link. Simply cut/paste this code on to your page.