Welcome to the Ruchardt 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 Ruchardt 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 Ruchardt ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Ruchardt Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Ruchardt family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Ruchardt brick wall? Read "Searching For A Needle In An Ancestral Haystack" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Ruchardt Ancestors
Sometimes two people can look at the same handwritten record, and come up with different spellings of the name. Be creative when searching for your Ruchardt ancestors -- we often search for misspellings intentionally to see if we missed any records. Genealogy is more than just searching through databases. Articles like "Digital Books and Microfilm" can help accelerate your Ruchardt research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Ruchardt
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Ruchardt records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Ruchardt family history resource today.
Origins of the Ruchardt Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Ruchardt 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.
Ruchardt DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Ruchardt ancestors were related, it can easily prove if they weren't. Be sure you understand what types of research issues each different DNA test can address before you spend any money. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Ruchardt research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Ruchardt Family History
There is more to exploring your Ruchardt 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 How can I decipher the handwriting in old Ruchardt documents? is always useful.
Networking with Ruchardt 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 Ruchardt 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 Ruchardt ancestors.
Ruchardt Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Ruchardt Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ruchardt, 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 Ruchardt 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 Ruchardt 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 Ruchardt reunion.