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Reynolds Name Study

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Reynolds Name Study


The scope of this study is to research the Reynolds last name worldwide, any immigration to other countries and within different countries.

How to Participate

Please contact one of the members below, or leave a comment at the foot of the page. If you have any questions, just ask. Thanks!



  1. Source any unsourced family member
  2. Connect any unconnected family member to one of the oldest Reynolds lineages in the United States
  3. Discover the relationship between the oldest Reynolds individuals within the United States and any immigration to the United States
  4. Document and connect African-American / Black Reynolds families in the United States
  5. Document and connect any adoptions in the Reynolds families
  6. Discover and document any DNA relationships in and between Reynolds families
  7. And any other goals that may come up from any research

Adding a Profile to this Study

Please avoid adding every Reynolds profile to this Study. See List of Reynolds Profiles below, to get a sorted list of every Reynolds profile on WikiTree.

The criteria for adding a Reynolds profile to the study are:

  1. Add a Reynolds profile to this study if their Reynolds ancestor is currently unknown.
  2. Add a Reynolds profile to this study if they are Adopted. See the "Adopted" section below for more information.
  3. The top level progenitors of the main Reynolds families are being added to the study, but it is not yet complete.

To add your ancestor to this study, simply copy the following template to the Biography section of his or her profile:

{{One Name Study|name=Reynolds|category=Reynolds Name Study}}

Once the profile is connected to one of the main Reynolds family lines, then remove the template from the profile.

Reynolds Genealogy


The first place to start, in learning the history of the Reynolds family, is with the book, The Rennolds-Reynolds Family of England and Virginia, 1530-1948, by Stephen Frederick Tillman.

List of Reynolds Profiles

List of Reynolds Profiles on WikiTree, sorted in birth order, including current last name

Oldest in the United States

These are the oldest known Reynolds progenitors in the United States. See their descendant lists for more on each family. Please note that it is currently unknown at this time if any of these families are related to each other or not. More research is needed.

More TBD

Black / African-American Families



These are the people who have the last name Reynolds, but have been adopted into the Reynolds families.

WikiTree policy states that actual parents should be genetic. Each of the profiles below (that represents an adopted person) should:

  1. Add an === Adoption === subsection under their Biography, which states their adoptive parents
  2. Add the Reynolds Name Study template to their profiles

More TBD

Reynolds DNA


Research Notes


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3 May 1910 my father-in-law was born in Chicago, IL. His name was John "Jack" Joseph Reynolds. Before he died, 21 Jul 1968 in Portland, OR, he never spoke of his family. I found him with his wife, Martha Erkkila, 18 Dec 1917, North Dakota, 15 Feb 2002, Portland, OR, and their son (my ex-husband), John James Reynolds, in the 1940 Chicago, Cook, IL US Census. There are no online records of their marriage or BC for their son, though he was able to order one. Prior to 1940 census, the other document I ordered was a copy of his original Social Security application on which he listed his mother as Bertha Snider, 07 Apr 188l, SC, to Russell Magesty and Josephine, died 29 Sep 1945, Chicago, Cook, IL . When the WWII Registration cards were released on Ancestry, I found John Joseph Reynolds with his mothers married name, Grist: Garnet Evelyn Grist, 31 Dec 1883, England, died 21 Sep 1950, Chicago, Cook, IL, married Bertha 11 Nov 1909, La Porte, IN. 1910 US Census shows Bertha and Garnet, Chicago, Cook, IL with Leonard Snider, 7 yrs. No census records for 1920. 1930 census shows Garnet and Bertha with Elmer, 23 Oct 1910 Chicago, Cook, IL, 1 Jan 1992, Chicago. 1940 census has Garnard and Bertha alone. Elmer married Estelle R Backus, 22 Feb 1917, 11 Aug 2009. Elmer and Estelle had one son, Duane, 1939 Chicago, Cook, IL. married Alice Jane Boudreau 16, Oct 1965. John and Martha had one more child in Chicago, Cook, IL, Patricia Ann Reynolds, 08 Oct 1942. Prior to 1945 the family moved to the Astoria, OR area where they had a third child, Daniel, 13 Jul 1945. Jack was a marine electrician and Martha was a tailor. I have no clue who Jack's father was or even if Reynolds was his name, He could have been illegitimate. Thanks for any help.
posted by Phyllis Anderson