|About The Fritz & Merritt Family et al
I added some photos from the Ella McGinnis Pictorial Wheatland series of books with photos. She did
a great service as Town Historian for people in Wheatland and for us!
Thank you Eugene Hooper who sent me 5 photos of my FRITZ grandparents as youngsters, newlyweds and
new father with first son, Howard (Bud) so I could post them here.
I also found an old Wheels, Rims, Brake Drums and Parts Catalog from 1947 with 2 Frey the Wheelman
addresses on the front. It is copyright 1947 by the National Wheel and Rim Association which Freys
was a member of for decades.
I've recently added to the Merritt Men Family Tree on ancestry.com and have started a Tree at
Familysearch.org for my 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, would you 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; fact or fiction.
Include date, place, time, names of attendants. Describe the church, reception, honeymoon, etc. by
clicking on "PEOPLE" and then "STORIES".
IF ANYONE HAVING RELATIVES ON THIS WEBSITE HAS THEIR OWN FAMILY TREE WEBSITE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE
LISTED HERE, PLEASE EMAIL ME.
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.
J. FRITZ mtDNA group is V3. Her mother's maiden name is INGRAHAM.
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 #T027294
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 #2698676.
J. MERRITT Ydna group is I-M253 from FamilyTreeDNA and on gedmatch.com his kit is #T320466. From
Ancestry.com his gedmatch kit is A929832.
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
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. I have taken the easy road and not added many sources
here, but 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.
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. As I have time I send away for certificates, but if you
already have them, it would save me $. THANK YOU TO WHOMEVER UPLOADED MORE PHOTOS OF OUR MERRITT
AND FRITZ FAMILY MEMBERS. I LOVE SEEING MY DAD AND MY FATHER IN LAW AS LITTLE KIDS with the
cousins, aunt and uncle and grandparents!
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 12 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).