Welcome to the Rutkowski 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 Rutkowski 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 Rutkowski ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Rutkowski Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Rutkowski family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Rutkowski brick wall? Read "Searching For A Needle In An Ancestral Haystack" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Rutkowski 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 Rutkowski 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 Rutkowski research.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Rutkowski
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Rutkowski records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Rutkowski family history resource today.
Origins of the Rutkowski Surname
While some countries have limited historical records for last name assignments, you are most likely to only find general guidance on the origin and meaning of the Rutkowski surname. Were you aware that Rutkowski is a common Polish surname? The article "Pursuing Polish" may be helpful for your research. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.
Rutkowski DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Rutkowski 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 Rutkowski research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
Rutkowski 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 Rutkowski 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 "Learning About Women - The Invisible Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Rutkowski family history.
Networking with Rutkowski 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 "Are Your Queries Getting Results?" provides some valuable tips for posting successful Rutkowski 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 Rutkowski ancestors.
Rutkowski Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Rutkowski was the 8887th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Rutkowski Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Rutkowski, 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 Rutkowski 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 Rutkowski 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 "Family Reunions Don't Always Turn Out as one has Pictured" may provide you with tips for hosting a successful Rutkowski reunion.