The Ruffin Genealogy and Family Tree Page

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

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The Ruffin Family Tree

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

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Ruffin Ancestors

Ruffin Genealogy

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 Ruffin 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 Ruffin research.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Ruffin

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

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Ruffin Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Ruffin 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.

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

Ruffin 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 Ruffin 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 "Our Ancestors Paid Taxes" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Ruffin family history.

Photo Collections

Networking with Ruffin 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 Ruffin 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 Ruffin ancestors.

Ruffin Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Ruffin was the 1416th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

Web Sites & Blogs with Ruffin Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Ruffin, 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 Ruffin 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 Ruffin 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 Ruffin reunion.

See Also

Ruffen   Ruffini   Ruffi   Uffin  

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

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