Welcome to the Rich 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 Rich 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 Rich ancestry. Share this page on Twitter!
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The Rich Family Tree
It is quite possible that someone else has already performed work on a Rich family tree, so be sure to examine some of the sources listed below carefully. Have you struck a Rich brick wall? Read "Searching For A Needle In An Ancestral Haystack" for some helpful advice.
Best Tree Collections for Discovering Rich Ancestors
Many things can go wrong when a record collection is indexed. If you're having diffculty finding Rich ancestors in a particular database at one site, try finding it on another and compare the results. If you want to know Was my Rich ancestor was married more than once?, then read this frequently asked question.
Top Five Genealogy Databases to Search for Rich
Historical newspapers give us the ability to discover ancestral history through eyewitness accounts. There are currently matching Rich records at Ancestry.com! Start exploring this online Rich family history resource today.
Origins of the Rich Surname
There are no clear, concise answers to why or how one of your Rich ancestors took on the surname. It may have been based on their occupation or a distinguising physical trait. Were you aware that Rich 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.
Rich DNA Projects
While DNA testing cannot conclusively tell you if two Rich 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 Rich research, read "Basics of DNA Family History Research".
Rich Family History
Every family has a different history, and every document you discover about your Rich 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 Rich family history on the Internet? is always useful.
Networking with Rich 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 Rich 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 Rich ancestors.
Rich Achievements & CelebritiesDid you know that Rich was the 611th most popular surname in the 1990 census of the United States?
Web Sites & Blogs with Rich Research
If you are having difficulty locating records for the last name of Rich, 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 Rich 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 Rich 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 Rich reunion.