Welcome to the Rice 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 Rice 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 Rice genealogy.
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I. The Rice Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Rice family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Rice brick wall? Read "Searching For A Needle In An Ancestral Haystack" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Rice Ancestors
II. Rice Genealogy
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Rice ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Rice ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Rice
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Rice records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Rice family history resource today.
III. Origins of the Rice Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Rice ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Rice is considered a very common surname, which offers its own set of challenges? The article "Researching Common Names" 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. Rice 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 Rice 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 Rice research, read "Utilizing DNA in Family History Research".
V. Rice Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Rice ancestors will help paint a picture that can be shared with your relatives. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing How do I find my Rice family history on the Internet? is always useful.
VI. Networking with Rice 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 Rice 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 Rice ancestors.
VII. Rice Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Rice was the 146th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
VIII. Web Sites & Blogs with Rice Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Rice, 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 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 Rice 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 Rice 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 Rice reunion.
Suggested use: Print a copy of this free research checklist, and keep track of the Rice genealogy resources that you visit. If your web browser does not print the date on the bottom, remember to record it manually. Today is 19/Jun/2013.
If you host the Rice blog or web page, please link to this surname-focused resource. Here's the HTML code for a basic link. Simply cut/paste this code on to your page.