Explore your own genetic journey by participating in the
landmark Genographic Project, sponsored by National
Geographic and IBM. You will receive a DNA analysis
including a depiction of your ancient ancestors and an
interactive map tracing your genetic lineage back to its
African roots. While doing so, you can also
contribute to our analysis of the origins of the original
Riehle ancestors and the Riehle name. Although no one of
us can be certain that our descendency from the original
Riehle ancestors is unbroken, the accumulation of data
from many Riehles may be able to provide a clearer view
of where the name and family originated.
Who can participate? Anyone can
participate in the National Geographic Genographic
Project but only males with the last name Riehle can
usefully contribute to our objectives for the Riehle
Genographic Analysis. Moreover, if you have any
breaks in your chain of male Riehle ancestry, your
participation will cloud the results of our analysis. An
adoption among your direct line of male ancestors or the
Riehle name being passed to one of your ancestors from
his mother's family would be examples of breaks in your
male Riehle ancestry. Please understand that there
is no judgement being made here; we are all Riehles
whatever our family history. However, as should
become clear from the discussion below, this analysis is
attempting to trace Riehle male chromosomes back to
common, ancient ancestors in order to better understand
the origins of the family name. Accordingly, if the
Riehle name has been attached to your male lineage more
recently, your participation will point us in the wrong
direction. Of course many of us will have breaks in our
ancestry that we are unaware of, possibly going back
hundreds of years, but please help us by participating
only if you have no reason to suspect such a break.
My name is Riehl (or Reel, Riley or
something similar); can I participate? Yes, if
you wish. It will be interesting to see if we have a
Y-chromosome connection. Also, if you are a Riehle
but you know the name was changed from something similar
by one of your ancestors, please be sure to tell us as
much as you can about the change.
My family never left Europe; can I participate?
Yes, your participation would be particularly interesting
as you probably have less ambiguous links with your
family's geographic origins. Please see the comment
at the bottom of the page at this link.
What is the process? Working
directly through the Genographic Project Website, you will send a
sample of your DNA for an analysis of the Y-chromosome.
(This of course is your male chromosome, which was passed
down directly from your father and to him from his
father, etc.) This is an absolutely confidential
process in which your DNA sample is identified only by a
participant identifier that you use to access your
results. Those results characterize your
Y-chromosome within a "haplogroup", for which
certain migratory information is available at the
Genographic Project Website. Each of the
haplogroups is labeled with a three digit code and that
code is all you need to provide for our Riehle analysis,
along with your name, email address and as much
information as you can give us about your Riehle
ancestral line. We would especially be interested
to know where in Germany your family originated. We
would not however need your participant identifier, which
is the only link to your DNA sample.
Will my privacy be protected?
Millions of individuals share any specific haplogroup and
Riehle.Net will have no access to any genetic or DNA
related information except your haplogroup code.
While we will need to understand whatever you can tell us
about your ancestry and European origins, absolutely no
information about individuals will be released. For
more information on privacy within the National
Geographic Genographic Project process, please see their Q&A section.
Will this cost anything?
Unfortunately, it will. Riehle.Net is funded almost
entirely by its editor, who has also paid for his own
Genographic Project analysis. We cannot fund the
cost of your Genographic analysis, which will be $99.95.
The vast majority of those that participate in the
National Geographic Genographic Project do so because of
their interest in their own ancestry. Tieing this
information in with our Riehle Genographic Analysis is an
additional benefit for which there is no additional
What will Riehle.Net be able to determine?
Any of us with a genetic link directly back to a founding
male Riehle ancestor will have a common haplogroup code.
However it is difficult to estimate how many of us will
have such a common link or even to be certain that we
will see statistically valid evidence that one specific
haplogroup is that of our founding ancestor. It
would be great if we see the vast majority of
participants with the same haplogroup code but it would
also be interesting if we see a pattern of haplogroup
codes that link us back to specific European towns or
How will I found out the results of the Riehle
Genographic Analysis? We will eventually
publish the results of our analysis on the Riehle.Net
Website. The common or frequently occurring
haplogroups will be identified.
I would like to participate; what do I do next?
Simply go to the Genographic Project Website, learn more about
the project and, if you are still interested, purchase your sample kit.
Once you get your results, send us your haplogroup code
If you have other questions, please email us for more information.