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The Reiss Family Tree and Genealogy

Welcome to the Reiss Family page at Surname Finder. Our editors have compiled this checklist of genealogical resources, combining links to commercial databases along with user-contributed information and web sites for the Reiss surname. As vital records, original documents, vintage photographs and surname-based DNA projects are discovered, this page is updated to offer the best list for researching Reiss genealogy.

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I. The Reiss Family Tree

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

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Reiss Ancestors

II. Reiss Genealogy

Keep an open mind when searching through Reiss records. Years ago many people were unable to read and write, thus a given ancestor's name could be spelled in a variety of ways depending on who recorded it. If you want to know How can I locate old newspapers for Reiss research?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Reiss

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

Death Records

Military Records

III. Origins of the Reiss Surname

It is quite possible for two people with the Reiss last name to have been given that surname for entirely different reasons. Discovering the country from which your Reiss ancestors originated can often yield additional clues for the meaning of the surname. Were you aware that Reiss is a common Jewish surname? The article "The Origins of Jewish Surnames" 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.

IV. Reiss DNA Projects

DNA testing for genealogy continues to improve. If you had some of your Reiss relatives tested several years ago, it may be worthwhile to have them retested. Likewise, as DNA testing companies have gathered more results and samples, you may be able to find more matches if you search again with your test results. If you are seeking an answer to the question, How do I know which DNA test is right for Reiss research?, then this FAQ may help.

V. Reiss Family History

Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Reiss 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 Reiss family history.

Photo Collections

VI. Networking with Reiss 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 Reiss 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 Reiss ancestors.

VII. Reiss Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Reiss was the 4956th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Reiss Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Reiss, 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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To have your web site/blog listed on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page will appear once its content has been reviewed by one of our editors.

IX. Upcoming Reiss 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 Reiss 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 Reiss reunion.

 

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