Welcome to my genealogy web site. Here you
will find information on over 21,000 people spanning over 26
generations including Rittger's as far back as Christmann
in Kleinwallstadt, Bavaria in the early 17th Century and including
other families even further back such as Peter
Wyßman who was
born in Niedernberg, Bavaria in the early 1400's. It has taken decades
to gather all of this information and I'm willing to share everything I
have but I do ask that if you can make a link or can expand these
genealogies further please let me know. This site has tools that should
make searching easier and you can help me make updates and edits to
information you find by simply entering the data and sending in the
suggestions. I'll check your proposed changes and post the changes as
soon as I can. If you'd like to obtain a username and password so that you can help with a particular family branch click here to Register for a
Special thanks to those who have contributed
in the efforts to gather all of this information. Much of the
information for the Wisconsin Ritger's comes from the work of Alfred
G. Straub from
his work published in 1973 and subsequent revisions and updates by August
"Gus" Lang. Together
they put together "A
Genealogy of the Frankfurth, Bavaria / Wisconsin / New Jersey &
Virginia Ritger Families - 1978". Jay
Scott German has
also helped to expand this tree and Leon
J. Straub has
picked up where his father left off.
Many thanks to everyone else who contributed
to the information found here including : Herbert Rittger, Thomas
Rittger, Ernst Rittger, Paul David Ritger, Willi Diener, Marilyn Smith
Burns, Clifford Heiss, Ellen Murray, David Ritger, Stephen Ritger,
Joyce Ritger Papi, Guy Rittger, John Ritger, James Burkart, Michael
McCormick, Ethel Pillman and many others.
Be warned that although I've done my best to
correct errors of all kinds there are likely many more contradictions,
inconsistencies, errors and issues left to be uncovered by you. If you
are doing research check multiple sources - don't rely on my data as
Please contact me if you can donate
information, help with a correction, have a question, or would just
like to say 'hi'. I'm Robert
Charles Ritger and
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9 June 2013 - Another database update incorporating changes suggested by the many emails which you have sent to me. All suggested changes that I could verify with another source have been included - thanks everyone!1 January 2013
- I've updated the database with new information, corrected hundreds of place names, added many headstones, a few more photos and even a few videos. More to come. Happy New Year!
27 Nov 2012
- Upgraded my site and gave it a new look. Let me know what you think.
15 July 2006 - Visit to Kleinwallstadt, Germany
Danke Kleinwallstadt! I had a fantastic time visiting Kleinwallstadt, Germany in July
of 2006. I met over 30 Rittger descendants and relatives during my visit. We had a grand reunion at the Gasthof Zur Traube thanks to
Edgar Rittger. Many thanks to Herbert and Thomas Rittger for helping me with everything from finding a hotel to translating the lunch menu. Thanks to Helmuth Rittger who welcomed me at the Rathaus and gave me a number of gifts as mementos of my trip. Thanks also to
Robert Rittger for giving me a memorable photo and for tracking down the pastor to get a copy of an old town map. I was overwhelmed with the hospitality and friendliness of everyone I met and look forward to the next time we get together.
Kleinwallstadt was everything I expected and more. It is a small town that has not changed much over the years. Although doors and windows may have been moved around in the old Rathaus a few times and Ss. Peter and Paul's church has been expanded, the charm and character of the town is completely in tact. The home of my great-great grandfather
Franz Anton Rittger appears as though it hasn't changed since he lived there on Amtsgasse almost 200 years ago. My favorite memories from my trip, however, will be those of the people I met there. I feel quite proud to have family ties to such wonderful people and to such a charming and peaceful place.
I took many photos on my journey. Check them out and don't hesitate to send me your thoughts. You can find a slideshow here or you can view the photos one by one with my comments by clicking here.
Did you know...
Ritger families can trace their roots back
Charles Bulfinch, the architect of the U. S.
Capitol in Washington, DC and the State House in
Boston, Massachusetts. Charles Bulfinch's
nephew Joseph Coolidge married
Eleonara Wayles Randolph who is the grand
Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the