The Rolfsen Genealogy and Family Tree Page

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

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The Rolfsen Family Tree

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

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Rolfsen Ancestors

Patronymics is the practice of naming children using the given name of the father, grandfather, or other male ancestor followed by a suffix. In the case of Rolfsen, it is possible that one of your Scandinavian/Danish ancestors was given the patronym for being the "son of Rolf." Please read "Patronymics and Other Naming Patterns" and "Patronymics: Help Not Hindrance," for further details.

Rolfsen Genealogy

Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Rolfsen ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Rolfsen births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Rolfsen

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

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Rolfsen Surname

It is quite possible for two people with the Rolfsen last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Rolfsen 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.

Rolfsen 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 Rolfsen 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 Rolfsen research, read "When do you use DNA?".

Rolfsen Family History

Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Rolfsen ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Our team of seasoned experts are here to help you learn about different aspects of genealogy. Reading "Faddish First Names" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Rolfsen family history.

Photo Collections

Networking with Rolfsen 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 Rolfsen 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 Rolfsen ancestors.

Rolfsen Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Rolfsen was the 79031st most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

Web Sites & Blogs with Rolfsen Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Rolfsen, 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 Rolfsen 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 Rolfsen 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 "Planning Details For A Family Reunion" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Rolfsen reunion.

See Also

Rolfson   Rohlfsen   Rolfse   Rolfs  

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Surname Finder, The Rolfsen Genealogy and Family Tree Page [on-line resource], New Providence, NJ, USA: Genealogy Today LLC, 2019.

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