Welcome to the Riefstahl 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 Riefstahl 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 Riefstahl ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Riefstahl Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Riefstahl family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Riefstahl brick wall? Read "Searching For A Needle In An Ancestral Haystack" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Riefstahl Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Riefstahl ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Riefstahl ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Riefstahl
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Riefstahl records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Riefstahl family history resource today.
Origins of the Riefstahl Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Riefstahl 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.
Riefstahl 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 Riefstahl 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 Riefstahl research, read "When do you use DNA?".
Riefstahl Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Riefstahl 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 Riefstahl family history.
Networking with Riefstahl 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 Riefstahl queries.
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Web Sites & Blogs with Riefstahl Research
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Upcoming Riefstahl 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 Riefstahl 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 Riefstahl reunion.