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The online edition of the book "Genealogy of the Reno/Reneau family in America, 1600-1930" is a collaboration between Sue Reneau Damewood and Steven Fancy. Steve is currently taking a few years off from genealogy because of committments at work, and the latest, updated version of the book can be found on Sue's website at Our goal is to compile a family tree on the Reno/Reneau family, in conjunction with distant relatives, that is as accurate and complete as possible. Sue has been conducting research on the Reno/Reneau family for more than 30 years, and we have merged our extensive databases to produce one of the most complete and accurate family trees ever to be compiled. Sue maintains a huge database of more than 65,000 family members, and persons interested in more recent information and details on relatives with other surnames can contact Sue directly at for a report on their branch of the family.

The online book extends the life-long works of Guy B. Reno, Dr. William L. Reno, Jr., and Sherman Reno by adding information from thousands of additional sources. It corrects errors in the earlier works, and documents that the original immigrant forefathers of the Reno family in America were brothers Lewis and Benjamin Reynaud, who arrived in Stafford County, Virginia between July and October 1688. The Introduction and notes for Louis Reynaud and Lewis Reno provide a description of the early history of our Huguenots ancestors in Virginia, and describe corrections to previously incorrect information on the origin of the Reno family in America. We also discuss the Reno family's erroneous and unsuccessful claim that they were descended from Phillipe Francois Renault.

Sue and Steve view this genealogy project as a giant jigsaw puzzle that cannot possibly be completed by just a few people, and we encourage anyone with new or corrected information on family members born before 1930 to contact Sue at and help us build as complete a family tree as possible.

In the past, we printed and distributed more than 750 copies of a hard-copy book that contains this information plus copies of various documents from early family history. The book is now out of print, but you can download the March 2007 version of the 680-page book (complete with cover, introduction, copies of old historical documents, and an index of persons) as a 5.3 MB .pdf file from the following internet site:
for free and have it printed and bound yourself, or go to Sue's website for a more recent version.

Last updated on October 18, 2008

Sue Reneau Damewood
7804 Castlecomb Road
Powell, TN 37849
Genealogy of the Reno/Reneau Family in America, 1600-1930
Updated October 18, 2008


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7804 Castlecomb Road
Powell, TN 37849
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