Welcome to the Rodeffer 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 Rodeffer 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 Rodeffer ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Rodeffer Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Rodeffer family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Rodeffer brick wall? Read "Searching For A Needle In An Ancestral Haystack" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Rodeffer Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Rodeffer ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Rodeffer births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Rodeffer
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Rodeffer records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Rodeffer family history resource today.
Origins of the Rodeffer Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Rodeffer 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.
Rodeffer 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 Rodeffer 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 Rodeffer research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Rodeffer Family History
There is more to exploring your Rodeffer 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 Where can I find prisoner information for my Rodeffer black sheep ancestors? is always useful.
Networking with Rodeffer 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 Rodeffer 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 Rodeffer ancestors.
Rodeffer Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Rodeffer Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Rodeffer, 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 Rodeffer 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 Rodeffer 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 Rodeffer reunion.