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About The Fritz & Merritt Family et al
Thanks to everyone who has added to this website with facts and/or photos. Most recently, thanks to Natalie Peek at Holy Trinity Church in Webster for finding info on the Eichorn family that helped Holy Trinity exist and to Gary Smith who found the Eichorns mentioned in a written church history. Photos of the pages are on Ignatius Eichorn's page.  6/2024

Gina La Monica has added info on the Bellafiore family.

A long article about the history of St. Marys, PA and it's earlier homes, businesses and people can be found at 
April 2024

I've uploaded some ledger pages for the Carlton Permanent Society with secretaries Wolfgang Weigel Jr. and later his son Fred Weigel writing weekly reports.  Written in German so I'm still looking for someone to translate those pages.  The names I was able to see and look up online are all people who lived in the Fruit District neighborhood of Buffalo.  I am guessing it was a group that paid a weekly dues and when they needed cash because of a fire or illness, the group would give them some money.  Some totals are quite large for the time. At the back of the ledger are pages written by Martha and Fred (Jr.) Weigel, list of words, multiplication tables, letters to Santa and to friends-all these are in English. March 2024

I found on ancestry.com the probate records for Jacob Fritz who died in Oregon in 1898 without a Will.  I uploaded the photos of most of the probate packet on his page. At his death he owned land next to Fort Dalles, but a few years later taxes were not paid on the land and it may have been sold at that point. Also found a Pension index 1861-1934 for him to receive invalid pay in 1890 and Sarah to receive a widow's pension in 1898. Feb. 2024

Merritt Men Family Tree is for Joe's line on ancestry.com.  Fritz and Kregal Family Tree is my line on ancestry.com.  I also started a tree at Familysearch.org for the Kregal/Fritz side of the Family.  Both places come up with documentation hints and I hope to find some names/connections farther back by doing this. 

If you copy a PHOTO I have on my webpage of your ancestor and put it on another website, like ancestry.com, please say that the photo came from www.fritzmerritt.tribalpages.com.

Check out the calendar when you log in as it shows people's birthdays and anniversaries. 

If you'd like to add a FAMILY STORY, please sign in and tell us a family story.  Include date, place, time, names of attendants.  Describe the church, reception, honeymoon, etc. by clicking on "PEOPLE" and then "STORIES".  


The Ydna haplogroups for the following male and mtDNA female family lines are:

E. Fritz mtDNA group H Her mother's maiden name was KREGAL, next generation KNAPP, then WILKES. Her  gedmatch.com is T193009
T. FRITZ yDNA is R-M269 and on gedmatch.com his kit T785704
P. HICKEY yDNA is R-M269 and on gedmatch.com his kit HQ1297504 
G. KNAPP Ydna group is E-L117 and on gedmatch.com his kit is #T121275
M. KUITEMS mtDNA group is T1 and her gedmatch.com kit is #T466416. Her mother's maiden name is FRITZ and next generation is FREY, then NEITMANN
W. McGINNIS yDNA group is I-M223 and on gedmatch.com his kit is T610990 
J. MERRITT Ydna group is I-M253 from FamilyTreeDNA and on gedmatch.com his kit is T320466.  He was also tested through Ancestry.comDNA
M. Urso (Merritt) mtDNA haplogroup is HV.  Her mom's maiden name is LaMONICA and they are from Sicily.  The test was done for the Genographic Project in 2006 and that is all I have from her files.

I do have source material in my files to back up 95% of the information I post here myself. I'm  happy to share my documentation.  If you ever want me to scan a birth, marriage or death certificate, just email me. 

As I get farther back in the family history sometimes I worry that the person named in a document over 100 years ago isn't the one related to us.  Names are a lot more common than I first thought.   Please let me know if you notice something blatantly wrong, because as much as I try to line up all the facts, I still may overlook something that is right in front of my eyes.   I've had questions myself about John T. Merritt military records and Henry Hankey and how he fits into my family tree after he was mentioned in my 4x great grandfather's Will in 1863.  Have I been following the correct men?
Thank you to any of you who have added your family's information.  I love to see the number of people in our family grow. If you have any problems uploading info, don't hesitate to contact me.   Also, if any of you have family photos or birth, marriage or death certificates you want to upload, please go ahead.  If you don't know how to do that and want to mail me good quality copies or email them to me, I will do the work for you. 

There is an inherited blood-clotting disorder, which appears to be related to the WEIGEL gene pool. The disorder is called "FVL Factor V Leiden" and has the potential to be deadly when not known about. One of my cousins discovered 13 years ago he has it when he had a blood clot.  He now takes blood thinner to discourage clots from forming. I tested negative. Please, take a little time to research "FVL Factor V Leiden", and ask your family physician to be tested for it, particularly if you've ever developed unexplained blood clots. Or, at the very least, keep the name of this inheritable disorder in mind if you develop a blood clot in the future. It may save your life to know about this disorder and be able to share it with your doctor(s).
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Getting Around
There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.

In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.

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