The Riels Genealogy and Family Tree Page

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

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The Riels Family Tree

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

Best Tree Collections for Discovering Riels Ancestors

Riels Genealogy

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

Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Riels

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

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Military Records

Origins of the Riels Surname

There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Riels 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.

Riels DNA Projects

While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Riels ancestors were related, it can easily prove if they weren't. Be sure you understand what types of research issues each different DNA test can address before you spend any money. If you're not sure how DNA testing could aid your Riels research, read "When do you use DNA?".

Riels Family History

Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Riels 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 Riels family history.

Photo Collections

Networking with Riels 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 Riels 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 Riels ancestors.

Riels Achievements & Celebrities

Web Sites & Blogs with Riels Research

If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Riels, 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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To recommend your web site/blog for inclusion on this page, please submit a link to the user-contributed directory at Genealogy Today. Your web page may appear once its content has been reviewed by our editors.

Upcoming Riels 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 Riels 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 Riels reunion.

See Also

Reals   Riles   Riel   Rhiel   Real   Reyl   Rile   Rel   Riela   Riele   Riely  

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