Welcome! (Database Updated - 24 April 2019)


Welcome to my genealogy web site. Here you will find information on over 23,000 people spanning over 26 generations including Rittger's as far back as Christmann Rittger born 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.

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 assembled "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 being perfect.

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 you can send me an email at bob@ritger.com.

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Franz Anton Rittger's Home
#9 Amstgasse
Kleinwallstadt, Bavaria, Germany

Pictured above is the home of Franz Anton Rittger (1817-1882) on Amstgasse in Kleinwallstadt. I visited in 2006 and took this photo. My cousin Paula Ritger Swenson visited a few years later and managed to get invited inside. She was given a few bits of pottery which were found in the basement. Franz Anton Rittger's son, Peter Julian Ritger, shortened his name by a 't' and brought his pottery skills with him to Newark, NJ where he started Ritger Excelsior Pottery. Peter Julian Ritger was Paula's and my great grandfather.


Included Branches of the Rittger/Ritger Genealogy:
Descendants of Christmann Rittger of Kleinwallstadt
Descendants of Adam Ritger of Bavaria / Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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A. Ritger Co.
A. Ritger Co.
In 1893 August Ritger with brother-in-law John Seubert and A. Mueller built this two story general store at the corner of 5th and Main Street in Marathon, Wisconsin. This was the first brick building in Marathon and was the home to the town's first elected mayor, August Ritger, and his family. After a few years Mueller and Seubert left the company and the place became known as the "A. Ritger Co." In January 1920 a son, Phillip J. Ritger and his brother-in-law Peter Bingen bought the place and it became known as the "Ritger and Bingen Store". With the assistance of a mid-wife most of Phillip's 11 children were born in this building.
In 1936 during the Great Depression the store building was gutted by fire. Local carpenters said the building could not be repaired. Phillip's son-in-law, Alfred Straub of Edgar, Wisconsin took up the challenge to repair the building.
In 1937 Alfred and his wife Evelyn Ritger Straub bought the building, cleaned it out, spent $800.00 to repair the store and opened it for business as "Straub's Store". They specialized in hardware, heating and farm machinery.
Al lowered the first floor ceiling from 14 to 10 feet, lowered the second floor ceiling from 10 to 8 feet and made the upper portion of the building into four apartments. They created an apartment for themselves in the southwest corner where they lived until 1947 when they completed a new stone house on the lot in back of the store.
In 1960 the Straub's closed the business and rented out the space as apartments. Al Straub used his former apartment as a hobby shop into the 1970's. One of his hobbies was genealogy research and is responsible for compiling a multi-volume book that included the foundation for much of my research into the Rittger/Ritger genealogy.
In September 1974 Al had a minor stroke and his wife Evelyn had become ill with cancer. The Straub's sold the building in September of 1974.  
Alice Rosalie McCaddin
Alice Rosalie McCaddin
Alice Rosalie McCaddin AKA Becky 
Ann Mary Heiss
Ann Mary Heiss
Ann Mary Heiss 
Anne McDonald Diebold
Anne McDonald Diebold
Anne McDonald Diebold 

Individuals

Seubert, Anna Katharine
   b. 31 Dec 1812, Bavaria, Germany
A, Alma
   b. 11 Dec 1909
A, Eliza
   b. 1822, Connecticut, USA
A, Mary
   b. 1886, Wisconsin, USA

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