Johann Conrad Ruskauff and Anna Elisabeth Freker - Family Group Sheet
Heinrich Wilhelm Ruskauff and Maria Engel Dierker (Diercker) - Family Group Sheet
Find A Grave memorials with grave marker pictures
Alfred Ruskauff (1845- )
Anna Philomena Ruskauff Duren (1847-1938)
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Ruskauff Bradley (1848-1922)
Maria Catharine Ruskauff (1850- )
Georg Heinrich Ruskauff (1851 - )
John Mathias Ruskauff (1852-1903)
Mary Christine Ruskauff Mohelnitzky Milfred (1854-1936)
Anthony N. Ruskauff (1856-1934)
Hellena Amalia Ruskauff (abt 1859 - 1861)
Frank Wilhelm Ruskauff (1861-1941)
Celia Mary Ruskauff Keegan (1862-1931)
Theresa Elizabeth Ruskauff Wolff (1864/65 - 1893)
Herman Apolonaris Ruskauff (1868-1939)
George C. Ruskauff (1870-1954)
The Insbruch/Inssbrueck/Innsbruck rumor
The Freker and Ruskauff family and ancestors of Johann Conrad Ruskauff and Anna Elisabeth Freker never lived in Innsbruck (or Insbruch/Inssbrueck) which
is located in Tyrol, Austria. The "Insbruch, Hanover" rumor started
with a pre-1992 Diocese of Pittsburgh letter which had a false
transcription of Pittsburgh church records. The records at Pittsburgh
are not allowed to be photocopied, so one can only rely on the skills
of the person transcribing records at the diocese office. When we
requested more research in 2007, the town was correctly transcribed as
"Osnabruck, Hannover." One baptism record was transcribed as "Besendorf" for the town "Bissendorf."
In Germany, the records for this family were found by me in the county of Osnabrueck (Osnabrück), in the state of Niedersachsen. This area of Germany was formerly known as the Kingdom of Hanover (or Königreich Hannover).
Information for my Ruskauff and Freker website was obtained by many sources including personal contact (in person, by letter, by email, by phone) with Pat Frydenlund, Claire Ruskauff Hield (photos and info), Irene Soltwedel (photos and info), Dianne Dieter (photos and info), Joanne Duren, Russell Ruskauff (photos and info), Daniel Ruskauff (gedcom), Jodi Sweere (photos and info), Kathleen Garland (diocese research at $15 per hour), Shannon Futta (gedcom), Werner Vuijk (Netherland research), Mike Hamrock (photos and info), Patricia Rumanio (photos and info), group sheets of the Herman A. Ruskauff branch from Arianna Ruskauff Carey, Vogel-Kleinmann info from John Kleinmann, and many more people including recorded interviews with my grandmother.
For over 30 years, I have personally researched ancestors using records available for the public, such as records online at Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest, and the old-fashioned way using a hand crank microfilm reader at the Wisconsin Historical Society (of which MANY hours were spent). I have information from vital statistic records (birth, marriage, death records) at court houses, church records (baptism, marriage and deaths) from churches, census records, ship passenger lists, city directories, court house records, land records, citizenship records, family histories, newspaper articles, bibles, local history books, and photographs. I have also tromped cemeteries for hours on end, both near and far. For the cemeteries out of my area, I've gotten photos of tombstones from several volunteers at Findagrave.com.
For information on ancestors from the "Old Country," research was conducted by Georg J. Blau who spent many many hours in archives in Niedersachsen, Germany, reading church records on microfiche, emigration lists in books, and other records. He spent many hours tromping cemeteries, researching area history in books, and has stood for hours in front of a copy machine making copies of Ruskauff and Freker documents. Herr Blau also spent many hours tediously transcribing "old" German handwritten documents (some in German, some in Latin) to typed "new" German, then translated that to English.
I would like to thank all who have shared information over the years. In 2002, I emailed several Ruskauff researchers to share information and suggested a Ruskauff message board be started. At that time I started the Ruskauff and Freker website. So many researchers were duplicating their research, so I thought "why not share what I've got with everyone."
For those interested in the German records found in Osnabrueck, or pictures of the area where the Ruskauff and Frekers lived in Germany, please drop me a line as I am willing to share.
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