The Rief Genealogy and Family Tree Page

Welcome to the Rief 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 Rief 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 Rief ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!

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The Rief Family Tree

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

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Rief Ancestors

Rief Genealogy

Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Rief ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Rief ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Rief

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

Death Records

Military Records

Origins of the Rief Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Rief ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Keep in mind that it was not unusual for a last name to be altered as an ancestor entered a new country.

Rief 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 Rief 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 Rief research, read "When do you use DNA?".

Rief Family History

Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Rief 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 Rief family history on the Internet? is always useful.

Photo Collections

Networking with Rief 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 Rief 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 Rief ancestors.

Rief Achievements & Celebrities

Did you know that Rief was the 79149th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?

Web Sites & Blogs with Rief Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Rief, 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."

RootsWeb search of US Naturalization Records
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RootsWeb search of Social Security Death Index

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Upcoming Rief 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 Rief 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 Rief reunion.

See Also

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