Welcome to the Romani 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 Romani 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 Romani ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Romani Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Romani family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Romani brick wall? Read "Searching For A Needle In An Ancestral Haystack" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Romani Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Romani ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know When were Romani births first recorded in the United States?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Romani
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Romani records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Romani family history resource today.
Origins of the Romani Surname
It is quite possible for two people with the Romani last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Romani 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.
Romani 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 Romani family tree mysteries. DNA testing can be a useful tool, when applied properly to a given research issue. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Romani research?, then this FAQ may help.
Romani 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 Romani 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 "The Role Of History In Genealogical Research" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Romani family history.
Networking with Romani 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 Romani 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 Romani ancestors.
Romani Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Romani was the 26113th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Romani Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Romani, 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."
To recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.
Upcoming Romani 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 Romani 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 Romani reunion.