Welcome to the Riddle 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 Riddle 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 Riddle ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Riddle Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Riddle family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Riddle brick wall? Read "Searching For A Needle In An Ancestral Haystack" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Riddle Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Riddle ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Riddle ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Riddle
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Riddle records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Riddle family history resource today.
Origins of the Riddle Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Riddle ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Riddle 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.
Riddle 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 Riddle 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 Riddle research, read "Using DNA to Find Your Surname".
Riddle 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 Riddle 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 "Looking at Our Ancestors" may help you think of some different tactics to compiling your Riddle family history.
Networking with Riddle 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 Riddle 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 Riddle ancestors.
Riddle Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Riddle was the 871st most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Riddle Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Riddle, 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 Riddle 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 Riddle 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 Riddle reunion.