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Richards Surname

A group for those researching the Richards surname.The founder of this group manages the Richards DNA Surname Project at Family Tree DNA. While Y-DNA testing is recommended, it is not a requirement to join this group.

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Latest Activity: Nov 29, 2017

Richards Brick Wall Discussion in Southern States Problem Solving

One of the excellent groups on Genealogy Wise is Southern States Problem Solving. I started a discussion about my personal Richards brick wall and received some excellent responses from a professional genealogist. His tips are worth reading for everyone.

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Morse Book on Richards Familes

Started by Richard Hill. Last reply by Claude C Richards Apr 18, 2012. 1 Reply

William Thomas Richards

Started by Gail Louise Richards Jun 26, 2010. 0 Replies

Thomas Richards & Mary Tate

Started by Earline Burks White Apr 21, 2010. 0 Replies

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Comment by Raymond Richard on November 29, 2017 at 7:45pm

Greetings.  There are 3 major flavors of Richards in the US.  There are English, French and German Richard people.  Often the 3 groups spell their name the same way but not always.  Many are familiar with the common English spelling of RICHARDS.  The French variation rarely has an S on the end.  If the family came straight from northern France such as Alsace Lorraine region there is a good chance the spelling will look more like REICHERT or REICHART.  Lastly are the Germans.  There the name was very strong on the "CH" part and often became REIGART or a variation of that.  All these were "anglicized" as English speaking clerks wrote the names.  Some may note I left out the Russian variety of Richard.  That is because, for the most part, those families migrated through one of the previously mentioned areas and took up that version.  There is a fairly large group of Russian Jewish Richard who fit this description.

My family fits into the French/German group from northern France.  They came to Pennsylvania and eventually were called "Pennsylvania Dutch"  I've been involved with Pennsylvania genealogy for over 30 years.  I am the admin of the Rootsweb Richard mailing list.  I enjoy discussing the family name but even more, I like to learn more about the times and places the Richard's lived in.

Comment by Susan Brenner on September 19, 2017 at 1:44pm

My Richard ancestor is Alex Richard/s b. <1850> he had Indian ancestry.  He left Canada abt <1870>.  His wife's name is Ophelia Lyons, also with Indian Ancestry.  They lived in the Red River Settlement in Manitoba when it was still called the Northwest Territories.  They moved to WI and then moved to various locations within the state looking for work.

Comment by Paul J. Lareau on April 11, 2015 at 10:01am

I am sending a .pdf copy, of the descendants of our ancestral RICHARDS family.
You are free to use, copy, and share the information with anyone who is
interested in the family.


Comment by Don Richards on October 31, 2012 at 12:24pm

I am looking for information on Richards from Massachusetts in the 1600s. I believe my GG gf Charles Richards was likely born there and moved to Nove Scotia where he married a Whalen.  I found once a family tree on line that showed this branch of family but alas I can not find it again.  Does anyone have any info on this family tree 

Comment by Richard Hill on October 2, 2012 at 7:40am

DNA testing revealed that I was a Richards and confirmed my biological father 25 years after his death. The whole story is revealed in my new book, "Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA." Preview it at Smashwords, which has all the eBook formats. Read reviews at Amazon, which has the printed book and the Kindle edition.

Comment by Mary Jefferson on October 1, 2012 at 4:48pm

I have done my mtDNA...and I am the T2 haptogroup. Elizabeth Richards (abt 1803-abt 1870) was my 2nd great grandmother. She was born in Kentucky (probably Adair county) and Hickory county, Missouri. Her husband was Green Luttrell. Her parents Leonard Richards Jr. and Nancy Symes Northcott. Things get rather fuzzy here. Any cousins here?

Comment by Tamara Tillinghast Haskett on September 30, 2012 at 11:10pm

I'm looking for information on my paternal great grandmother's lineage. Her name was Daisy Mae Richards and she was born in 1881 in Lackawanna, Pennsylvania (she married Wilmer Atkinson Tillinghast and died in 1965 in Santa Rosa, CA). Her father was Horace P. Richards -- I believe Horace Peter Richards was his full name, though I'm not 100% about the Peter -- and her mother was Clara Austin. She had a brother called Jay, and a sister named Lottie whose married surname was Philips. Both of these siblings remained in Pennsylvania after Daisy relocated to Sonoma County. That's about the gist of what I know. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you!

Comment by Kathy Richards on April 18, 2012 at 10:41am

Our Richards family is traced to Robert G. Richards, born 1819 and in Cornwall England.  He was married to Grace Tonkin.  His son, Robert Richards, came to America on 1864 to the Calumet MI mines.  He married Ellen Giffin in 1868 at Hancock MI.  Ellen was from Antrim Ireland.  They had 7 children together and eventually moved to Minnesota and farmed.  I am looking for records on the first Robert G. Richards to verify his birth and death in England.

Comment by Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana on October 23, 2011 at 11:48am

I'm new to this site. I'm hoping to get evidence for Randolph RICHARDS, born 1830, married Laura Louisa Greene 1857 in Cincinnati, OH and died 1870 in Cincinnati, OH. 1850 Census has his mother as Mary w/sisters Eveline and Caroline; I believe his mother was Mary Penn and his father was John Richards.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Comment by Dominique Ritchot on January 17, 2010 at 6:11pm
@Claire : I'm a direct descendant of Jacques Nason dit Ritchot. He was the son or Richard Nason (who died during the attack of Sturgeon Creek) and Shuah Colcord. Jacques was taken to the Abenaki mission near St.Francois du Lac (co. Yamaska) and later bought by Mr Hertel who placed him in the Crevier family. Jacques Ritchot married Elisabeth 1703. I have collected all the descendants of my ancestor. All of them are accounted for at least up to the early 1900s. I can say, without any doubt, that your Peter Richards, b. abt. 1787 in St. Thomas, West Indies is not related to Jacques Nason dit Ritchot.

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