|About The Family Orchard: There and Back
This tree is focused primarily on the Ridinger family that migrated from the Rhineland/Pfalz region of Western Germany to Rohrbach, Ukraine in 1809
The Ridinger's were a prominent family in Rohrbach, but the changes in Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 eventually took all of their possessions and many of their lives. They now reside primarily in Germany and the United States.
Many hardships were experienced in Rohrbach during the collectivization period and during the famines. Those that remained were evacuated by the German army near the end of World War II. A few later moved to the United States, and many were re-located to remote regions of the Soviet Union. Most of those have since moved back to Germany.
I have completed a pictorial history of the descendants of those who left Rohrbach and their current whereabouts, entitled Rohrbach Journey. You can find a link on the left side of this page. An English and a German version are available.
A history of the Ridinger migrations are chronicled in "A Continental Journey: The Ridingers of Rohrbach". A link is also included on the left side of this page. This book will soon be revised and updated.
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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.