|About Familie Rapp Lifestream
This website was created to highlight the ancestry of the Rapp family from the late 1500s to the present day as recorded information permits. The focus is on the Rapps that lived in the province of Tirol (Tyrol) and even earlier in the "Vinschgau" region of Suedtirol (South Tyrol) which became Italy's Alto Adige in 1918 (formerly Austria). The Rapps lived there as early as the 15th century in villages and farms of the Vinschgau (Val Venosta, Italy) with names like Latsch (Laces), Laas (Lasa), and Tschars (Ciardes). Some Rapps were "Kupferschmiede" or coppersmiths, a tradition that continued into the early 1930s in Innsbruck. Other Rapps were farmers, bakers, innkeepers, homemakers, lawyers, judges, government and military officials, teachers, priests and coopers. Many served in wars, some were wounded in battle. Most soldiers returned home but a few seem to have vanished without a trace. The family has had a strong presence in the Matrei am Brenner region and surrounding villages since around 1700 and possibly earlier. One Rapp family moved to Innsbruck in 1790 after its Matrei bakery business was destroyed by a disastrous fire. Joseph Rapp was ten years old and was destined to be a baker. He managed to go to school and attain a doctorate and became the most famous and beloved Rapp in Tirol. His son Franz also became famous as Mayor of Innsbruck and then the only Landeshauptmann (Governor) of Tirol to serve two terms. He died in office in 1889.
Our grandfather Franz Rapp was born in Matrei and started a family in Innsbruck. There were five boys and one girl. The last survivor was my father Dr Fritz Rapp who passed away in 2001 in Vienna. Grandmother Anna Hechenleitner was born in the province Kaernten (Carinthia) as were my great-grandmother's parents. Presently the Rapps have known "branches" in Tirol and the USA (California, Florida, Pennsylvania and Texas). Many Rapps emigrated to the United States from Austria (and other countries) in the past 250 years as documented by the US Census and other records. Some connections to the Tirol Rapps are certain. There are many Rapps living in Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany and other parts of Europe. The oldest records of Rapps are from Switzerland where a Hans Rapp was born about 1531. A few Rapps (unrelated to the "Tirol Rapps") are included here due to their historical contributions.
On my mother's side of the family are names like Krbetz and Tumfart. The Tumfarts originate from the province Oberoesterreich (Upper Austria). They lived in small villages in and around Veitsdorf (near Gallneukirchen) and also around the provincial capital Linz (now Austria's second largest city). Alois Tumfart was the one that ventured out to live in the "Kaiserstadt" Wien (Vienna) where he met my grandmother Barbara Krbetz and Anna Reicher (mother of "Hans" and Anna/"Annely" Tumfart). The Krbetz family probably came from Boehmen / Bohemia (then Austria- Hungary, now Czech Republic) and the Reichers stem from present-day Slovenia near Maribor (Marburg).
Note : Family members and invitees can add descriptions and photos (no limit at present) directly without my mediation. In fact this is very much encouraged. I added some descriptions from my recollections but feel free to write / rewrite the "About" section by clicking "Edit" and entering your password (maximum of 5000 words per person). Do correct errors that may have crept in for various reasons or let me know what you want changed. I intend to have this site up-to-date at all times and it hence will remain a "living document" as well as a tribute and memorial of past generations. If you have family stories you want to pass on, you can click on "People" and then "Stories". Also under People there is an "Events" tab that list all birthdays and anniversaries for each calender month.
The site's e-mail address for photos is trakk-XXXX@tribalpages.com (contact me for details). This is an alternate method to uploading photos yourself (as a member). If you choose to e-mail photos be sure to identify the event, people shown, location and date (year is OK) so everyone can enjoy your pictures. I can attach the photos to the person (s)' albums as needed. A major goal for 2017 will still be to post photos of important events (like marriages, anniversaries and family reunions) and long-departed ancestors If you have such photos or slides you can scan them into your computer with an inexpensive photo/slide scanner. Once the pictures are in your computer you can easily upload them to the site as follows : Press "Edit" and sign in with your password; then "List of Names": find the name you want: click on the "Add Photos" icon on the left of the name and then upload the pictures with captions etc. You can also write "About" the person(s) giving facts and impressions you have about them. Click on the checkmark to the right of the name and then "Edit". You can print "Reports" in a variety of formats/presentations directly from the site (some reports include pictures). Click on "Reports" in the "Getting Around" section or after clicking the "Site Map". You could start with your name (or any ancestor's name) and view/print a selected presentation giving you an accurate ancestry record!
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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.
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