Welcome to the Riefenach 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 Riefenach 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 Riefenach ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Riefenach Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Riefenach family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Riefenach brick wall? Read "Searching For A Needle In An Ancestral Haystack" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Riefenach Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Riefenach ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Riefenach ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Riefenach
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Riefenach records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Riefenach family history resource today.
Origins of the Riefenach Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Riefenach 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.
Riefenach 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 Riefenach 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 Riefenach research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Riefenach Family History
There is more to exploring your Riefenach ancestry than just gathering a bunch of names and dates. Understanding where your ancestors lived, how they were employed, and what they did for fun, may give you a better appreciation of your heritage. Whether you are a beginner or expert genealogists, knowing Where can I find a biography of my Riefenach ancestor? is always useful.
Networking with Riefenach 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 Riefenach 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 Riefenach ancestors.
Riefenach Achievements & Celebrities
Web Sites & Blogs with Riefenach Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Riefenach, 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."
Upcoming Riefenach 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 Riefenach 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 Riefenach reunion.