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Riehle Family Segments

With Corresponding Riehle Family Immigrant Ancestors

On this page we outline identified Riehle Family Segments (in some cases referred to as “family contingents”) in order to address communities of Riehle’s, mostly in North America but with roots back into Germany.  By “segment” or “contingent” we refer to relatives of a given Riehle Immigrant Ancestor who came from Europe and/or settled in a particular community.  Some of us have ventured some distance from these original communities but Immigrant Ancestors still provide a useful reference point as we research our ancestry.

Please note that as we are using the term, a Family Segment may include family members back in Germany. For example, the Family Segment of Clemens Riehle in America is part of the larger Wagshurst Riehle segment, which includes the descendants of several of the immigrants listed below, their parents and grandparents born in Germany, and many earlier ancestors who are common to a number of the men and women who came to America.

We are very anxious to get Y-DNA haplogroup information for any and all Family Segments. Please contact us for more information about existing haplogroup information availability, additional haplogroup information priorities and the best testing options.

The following then lists the currently identified Family Segments as characterized by their original Riehle Immigrant Ancestors, their places of birth, and the areas where their families settled:

Identified Immigrant Ancestors from the Wagshurst, Baden Family:

Identified Immigrant Ancestors from Elsewhere in Baden

Identified Immigrant Ancestors from Mähringen, Württemberg

Identified Immigrant Ancestors from Elsewhere in Germany

German Emigrant Origins

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There are other communities with distinct Riehle Family Segments that we are aware of but about which we have little verified information.  For example, we are well aware that Frederick and Henry Riehle founded or otherwise gave their name to and managed Riehle Brothers Machine Company in Philadelphia, PA in the second half of the 19th century and that there are many Riehle’s in this vicinity, including across the river in New Jersey.  Despite this, we have been unable to identify Immigrant Ancestors or other commonality among these Riehle family members.  We very much want to hear from this and other branches of the Riehle family that may not be listed above.  Please respond below if you can help.

We have also received occasional requests to help find more about German emigrants here in America. You can explore these at Lost in America.

We are attempting to recruit Riehle men of each Family Segment to work with us to obtain Y-DNA test results in order to determine diversity and commonality of Y-haplogroups across these various segments. In so doing we hope to explore the roots of such Family Segments back into prehistory. Please contact us to support these efforts!

We seek the participation of serious genealogy hobbyists with an interest in the family to contribute to or even sponsor our coverage of individual Family Segments. The goal is to facilitate the process of Riehle family discovery and to provide a forum for those within each Family Segment to share what they know about the family. Please reply below regarding whatever interest you may have or get more information!

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Ryan Riehle
September 23, 2020 1:22 pm

Hello, my name is Ryan Riehle. I would like to possibly add a family segment to the greater Riehle family for addition to this site. I am a member of the Joseph Riehle Family that is located in Western, New York. Joseph is my 3rd great-grandfather. He emigrated to the United States in the 1840s and settled in Cattaraugus County, New York. He lived there for the remainder of his life where he had a child, William Riehle. William Riehle is the father to Norman Riehle and he, in turn, is father to my grandfather Alan Riehle. My grandfather Alan… Read more »