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Name: Detlev Kruse <>
Date: 2016-05-15
Where are you located ? Germany
Interresting Webside . My family "Kruse" stay in the middel of Germany Nordrhein Westfalen the Town "Spenge ; R�dinghausen ; Kilver . I know that some went too Ohio ca. 1920. But not more yet . Best regards Detlev


Name: Colleen M Berry Adams <>
Date: 2016-05-04
Where are you located ? Bellingham, Washington
Hi ... Thanks for all the research . I have not read all the data, but did find my Grandfathers name in the History . He was Fred Kruse.. Married France's Wine.. My mother was Vivian Kruse Berry.. She married Harold J Berry who was my Dad. My Sister was Donna M Berry Wells .. She married Dave Wells and they had 3 children . Debbie, Dan and Deon Wells My name is Colleen M Berry Adams and I married Dale A Adams.. We have no children ... Thought this might be of interest to you .. Thanks .. Love it!!! Colleen. PS my grandfather never talked about his family .. The only sib. He ever mentioned was Bill....

Name: Jean Schleisman Boot <gaweeb@gmai;.com>
Date: 2016-05-02
Where are you located ? Iowa
My family lived in the Carroll County Iowa area, specifically Lidderdale. There were a number of Kruse families living in the area. Our Schleisman family was Catholic and came from the Hesse and Baden-Wurtenburg area. However, my grandmother on my Dad's side was Lutheran and, from what I have determined to date, her ancestors also came from Mecklenburg region. Family names are Koppelmann, Rohrbeck, and Lange. Lange family apparently arrived abotu 1862 and lived in Will County, Illinois. I'm still trying to find when the Rohrbeck's and Koppelmanns arrived. I've had a tough time finding the exact towns they emigrated from. Your information on Ancestry gives me some possibilities, especially since there were also Kruse families in the Chicago area and later in Lidderdale. Thank you for the specific information you provided.

Name: Jean Schleisman Boot <gaweeb@gmai;.com>
Date: 2016-05-02
Where are you located ? Iowa
My family lived in the Carroll County Iowa area, specifically Lidderdale. There were a number of Kruse families living in the area. Our Schleisman family was Catholic and came from the Hesse and Baden-Wurtenburg area. However, my grandmother on my Dad's side was Lutheran and, from what I have determined to date, her ancestors also came from Mecklenburg region. Family names are Koppelmann, Rohrbeck, and Lange. Lange family apparently arrived abotu 1862 and lived in Will County, Illinois. I'm still trying to find when the Rohrbeck's and Koppelmanns arrived. I've had a tough time finding the exact towns they emigrated from. Your information on Ancestry gives me some possibilities, especially since there were also Kruse families in the Chicago area and later in Lidderdale. Thank you for the specific information you provided.

Name: Marge Enis <>
Date: 2016-04-07
Where are you located ? Cincinnati, Ohio
Looking for info for Sophia Mary Kruse. Have sent an email with more details.

Name: Jo Anne Fischer <>
Date: 2015-11-22
Where are you located ? Freeport, Illinois
My great great grandmother was Karolina Fredericka Maria Brackenwagen Schmidt.
She was born in 1853 in Mecklenburg, Germany.
She sailed on the Main October 1887 with her husband & daughter. Her maiden name, Brackenwagen, is unusual. I hope to locate decendants of the nine brothers & sisters she left behind in Germany.


Name: Jo Anne Fischer <>
Date: 2015-11-22
Where are you located ? Freeport, Illinois
My great great grandmother was Karolina Fredericka Maria Brackenwagen Schmidt.
She was born in 1853 in Mecklenburg, Germany.
She sailed on the Main October 1887 with her husband & daughter. Her maiden name, Brackenwagen, is unusual. I hope to locate decendants of the nine brothers & sisters she left behind in Germany.


Name: Mark Carey Kruse II <>
Date: 2015-08-26
Where are you located ? Aurora, Colorado
Have traced my family roots back to South Dakota and Iowa.

Name: Claudia (Kruse) Weber <>
Date: 2015-08-13
Where are you located ? Portland Oregon
My great grandfather was Conrad Charles Kruse (1st as far as I know) who was born 1837 in Mecklenburg-Vorpommem Ger. He arrived in the US in 1859 and eventually settled in Neenah, WI. Married Mary A. Heller in 1866 and had 7 children Eva(1865), Katie (1867), Henry (1870), Hellen (1875) William (1878), Frederick J.(1880) and my grandfather, Conrad C. II (1884). I still have hints on Ancestry to discover, but was intrigued by your site. Claudia

Name: Dennis Jackson Kruse <>
Date: 2015-06-08
Where are you located ? West Seneca N.Y
My Great Great Grand Father was named Frederick Fritz Kruse.Born November20,1812 near Gramnentin,Germany.Came to the U.S in 1882 after his three sons.Died 2years later.A German custom was to name the First born male "Frederick"so there are a lot of Frederick's in My Family Tree.Most of my relatives are buried within 20 miles of here except the one's who migrated to Dundee,Michigan.Most Relatives were Farmers,Shoemakers an carpenters.

Name: Ron Moehlis <>
Date: 2015-05-21
Where are you located ? Iowa
Fritz, I found your website because you had many common surnames as in my tree. I contacted you because these people lived in the same area of Mecklenburg-Schwerin as some of your ancestors. You were a tremendous help to me to link all my people together and to supply me with help in finding their Parish records. I and all of my newly verified cousins thank you for efforts to bring us all together.
Take care and keep up the good work


Name: Mary Chapman <>
Date: 2015-04-27
Where are you located ? Australia
Hi Fritz
I haven't made contact with you for many years but thought I'd send a quick note to thank you again for the help you gave me in researching my husbands Engel ancestors who you are also related to. Our tree has certainly grown over the years. Everyone just loves the photos and video you sent me of the church in Germany.
Hope you are keeping well, as we are, here in Australia.
Keep up the great work you have been doing on you site.
Cheers, Mary


Name: Roderic Kruse <>
Date: 2015-04-18
Where are you located ? Prague
Well done Fritz

Name: Jason Meeks <>
Date: 2015-04-09
Where are you located ? Florida, USA
My grandfather and great grandfather were Kruse and my mothers maiden last name was Kruse. I have family with the name :D I want to know more about my germanic roots please. Feel free to message me with anything.

Name: Kathy Walls <>
Date: 2015-03-24
Where are you located ? Oregon
My dad, Howard Alcorn and Otto Kruse were partners and owned the Modern Chevrolet dealership in my hometown of Beardstown, Illinois. Otto and Reinola had one daughter (Judy?).

Name: Shawn J Hubauer <>
Date: 2015-02-20
Where are you located ? Swampscott, MA. USA
Hello - The info below I believe may be a relative. The family tree shows immigration to the US around 1880 to Pennsylvania. Any info would be appreciated.

Name: Jung Joh Frind Hubauer
Birth: date - location Mecklin-Schwerin
Residence: 1819 - city
Source of info:


Name: kruse <>
Date: 2015-02-19
Where are you located ? The Netherlands
My grandfather Wilhelm Kruse was born in Neuscharrel (Ostfriesland) at 17.4.1856. His two brothers en three sisters emigrated between 1880-1910 to the USA.

Name: annalou kruse sanchez <>
Date: 2015-02-15
Where are you located ? new york
my father came from hamburg and married Hedwig telloth his name was Paul Carl Kruse

Name: annalou kruse sanchez <>
Date: 2015-02-15
Where are you located ? new york
anna sanchez

Name: Sheila Percival <>
Date: 2015-02-14
Where are you located ? Watson Twp, Effingham County, Illinois
Very interesting! My husband's family descends from Sopha (Sophia), who married J.Madowse, then John Percival. My husband's family has many members buried at the Watson Cemetery, and I have been see Hans' gravestone. The family history of the Koso family is filled with gaps and (invented?) family lore, so it is great to see some facts! Our family lore tells us that the three sisters (Mary Dorothea, Minta, and Sopha, at the age of 16 with her infant son - came first to the Chicago area where Dorothea worked as a housekeeper for a John Sutton, a bricklayer. He returned to his home in Effingham County. Dorothea and sisters followed. Dorothea married John Sutton. Minta married an Elliott. Sopha married Joseph (Joachim) Madowse, and after his death, John Percival. I've got LOTS of holes to fill in, and thank you for filling in some! Thank you for posting this - I'm hoping it can mesh in with my lore.

Name: Jan Resler Zimmel <>
Date: 2015-01-18
Where are you located ? Wheaton MN
I found out my Biological Grandmother Was Clara Marie Kruse Friedrichs born Nov 25, 1896 She put my mother up for adoption when my mother was about 18 months old. My mother was born Feb 18, 1914 and passed away in 2000. I am trying t find any information on her and her family. Know she lived either in western Minnesota or around Clyde, ND. I would greatly appreciate any help. Thank you

Name: Marlon Mullich <>
Date: 2015-01-12
Where are you located ? Brazil
Congratulations. Your homepage is wonderful. Good job!

Name: Mark Kruse <>
Date: 2015-01-08
Where are you located ? DuPage Co. IL
Greetings from one Kruse to another!

Name: Ruth Helen Robinson <>
Date: 2015-01-01
Where are you located ? Birmingham, UK
Hello there. I am searching for a biography of the German illustrator Werner Kruse, pen name 'Robinson', (1910-1994)and came across your site. Thank you, RH Robinson, England.

Name: Leanne Lamoureux <>
Date: 2014-12-13
Where are you located ? Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada
Nicely organized website! It has given me some ideas for my own website, although mine was not planned to be a family history, just a repository of interesting stories about people I have discovered. I did wonder that it says your website was updated Dec 17, 2014 as today is the 13th. Do you have a time travel machine? LOL

Name: Tor Hertzog <>
Date: 2014-12-02
Where are you located ? Irvine, CA
I have reason to believe that The Herzog Family is from the same area as yours in Germany. Frederica Marie Schroeder Herzog was the third wife of Charles Herzog. She emigrated to New York somewhere between 1860-1877.
Here's what I have so far.
Francis "Fritz" Hertzog III ,Heidi, Tor, Leif, Christian Erik, Lars, Katerina "Kate"

Francis Carl Hertzog Jr. MD Nancy Wood Hertzog
sister: Katherine Campbell (Hertzog) formerly Boswell married 2x

Francis "Fritz" Hertzog Sr. MD Adele "Haldis" Hertzog (Sundre) from Norway
brother Charles Frank "Gus" Hertzog

both father and grandfather were naval officers...father graduated from the naval academy Annapolis 1947 with Jimmy Carter

Frank Herzog wife=?
siblings: Caroline, August Albert,

Charles H. Hertzog MD General Surgeon died of scarlet fever at 32 years of age
wife: Maria "Frederica"Schroeder Herzog 3rd wife of Charles- She emigrated to U.S. (New York) around 1860-1877.
children: many: Albert, Caroline, Lena, and others

Charles William Herzog wife: ?

children: Charles "Henry" or "Harry", Frederick Wilhelm

Frederick Wilhelm Herzog

this is just a rough sketch from memory--can you help me with any Herzogs from Germany. Many settled in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Hatfield Cemetery in Montgomery County Pittsburg, Pennsylvania shows where many were buried including: Frederica, August Albert, Caroline, Lena, and "Harry." Many of these Herzogs had children with Charles or Carl as first names. Let me know if you find anything. I know the marriage took place in Germany in 1838. I have traced both sides of my family (father & mother) back to the American Revolution.


Name: Brett Kruse <>
Date: 2014-10-20
Where are you located ? Oxford, Michigan
Just began looking at my father's family history. His Grandfather's name was Stanley Kruse. They lived in New Kensington, PA. Stanley's children's names where..Ted, Walt, Barney, Al, Bill, Helen, Violet, Clara, Martha and my Grandfather-Daniel. Thanks for the help!

Name: Armin Kruse <>
Date: 2014-10-14
Where are you located ? Indiana
Just a couple side notes to my post yesterday. I did find that our Kruse family's Minnie (b1888) had a husband named Edward Kruse (b1887) Chicago ward 18... Who's birthplace was Illinois.He places his birthplace as Illinois and may be the son of Sophia and William of the Macoupin Illinois Kruses... Can any anybody add to this?

Name: Armin Kruse <>
Date: 2014-10-13
Where are you located ? NW Indiana
I've been looking over web page and have to say that I am really impressed with the amount of information that you've gathered. I've been pretty lucky piecing together our family history as my father had a pretty incredible memory and the US. Census records filled in the blanks pretty reliably.
Our family works it's way up to a Minnie Kruse (born 1860) and immigrated from Germany in 1872. The father's birthplace was listed as Germany, but his name is unknown and was said to be divorced by the time of the census. This was in Chicago's ward 26. From there I hit a brick wall just using the census information, but it has been an interesting journey and I have limited time to play with this. There's a bunch of us Kruse's out of Chicago-land and now living in
Hammond, Whiting, Hobart and Demotte Indiana. I don't know what kind of resources you may have, but this may figure in to your Kruse family history-
Nice work so far and good luck on the rest :)
Armin B.


Name: Sue Waldman <>
Date: 2014-09-28
Where are you located ? Chicago, IL
Waack family came from the same area in Germany. In Iowa there are towns with these names.
Thanks for sharing


Name: Ulrich Kruse <>
Date: 2014-09-03
Where are you located ? Germany, now Australia
Interesting site. I haven't got much history from my dad Horst Gunther Kruse who was born 16 August 1922 in Magdeburg (north of Berlin). He spent a lot of time in Neuruppin (same area) and his father's name was Friederich (Fritz) as well. My dad married in 1950, his wife Sophie (nee Schroeder) my mum originated from Bünde (Westphalia).
Both my parents are deceased and I live since 1984 in Australia.


Name: Elizabeth Lehmann Creasap <>
Date: 2014-08-14
Where are you located ? Chicago, IL
I worked with a Judy Kruse, she lived in Il, we were both assistant buyers for Wieboldts Dept Stores. We worked at the State St. store. She liked to go to Wisconsin on vacation to ski.

Name: Gail Tornow Duck <>
Date: 2014-08-09
Where are you located ? Originally from Wisconsin
Now live in TX. My grandmother was Lydia Kruse Tornow.

Name: Donna Lager <>
Date: 2014-08-02
Where are you located ? Houston County, MN
Joachim C. Kruse was born 26 May 1821 and died 13 Feb 1888 and is buried in Zion Cemetery in Eitzen, MN. He is listed as living in Addison, DuPage County, IL in ~1863 on a Civil War draft registration (same DOB). In 1878 he owned 160 acres in Winnebago Township, Houston County, MN. He is my great-great-great grandfather--not sure if he fits in your Kruse family anywhere, but I'd be interested in your thoughts. Thanks!

Name: Thomas Kruse <>
Date: 2014-04-28
Where are you located ? Melrose Park, IL
Thank you for keeping this going...

Name: Ann Thorsen <>
Date: 2014-02-21
Where are you located ? Minnesota
Awesome site. I am just beginning to explore all of it.

Thanks for telling me about it.


Name: Janet Kruse Russell <>
Date: 2014-01-22
Where are you located ? St. Louis, MO
I'm just beginning to trace my Kruse family. My grandparents, John & Elizabeth Kruse, were from Staunton, IL.

Name: Norma <>
Date: 2014-01-10
Where are you located ? Jefferson City, Cole County, MO
There were several sirnames listed on my familytreedna site in your website. My maternal and paternal ancestors all settled in Gasconade County, Missouri. I am looking for a connection for Koepke, Schauf, Schmidt, Schroder, Stollmeyer, Beul, Klick, as well as others.

Name: Dianna Kinkead <>
Date: 2013-10-28
Where are you located ? Texas
My maternal grandfather's name was Kruse. His family settled in central Texas around the Yoakum, Cuero, and Hocheim Prairie area in DeWitt County. I am looking for relatives on that side of the family. My grandfather's name was William Franklin, and I believe his father's name was Fredrich William, and Fredrich's father was Johann Heinrich Kruse.

Name: Robyn Jensen <>
Date: 2013-10-22
Where are you located ? California
Looking for information on Harm/Harme/Harms family that emigrated from Gross Pankow, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany to Kenosha Co., Wisconsin

Name: Rachael Atwater (Kruse) <>
Date: 2013-08-11
Where are you located ? Fort Madison, Iowa
At birth I was given my mother's last name - Atwater.
My father is David Kruse, son of Joseph and Jeanne (Wilkins) Kruse.


Name: david kruse <>
Date: 2013-07-21
Where are you located ? High point NC
My father George L. Kruse was an engineer on the PRR and lived in fort Wayne Indiana, and I believe his father was Heinrich Kruse who arrived in America circa 1860. This is the extent of my ancestral knowledge.

Name: Alicia Kruse <>
Date: 2013-07-20
Where are you located ? Texarkana tx born, reside in Dallas tx
Hello I'm interested in descovoring my ancestors if you could be of some help that would be great of where to begin. Thanks Alicia Kruse

Name: Cynthia Lenora Kruse <>
Date: 2013-06-18
Where are you located ? Vallejo ca.
I am looking for my dad, Adolf Gustuav Kruse. He was a welder on Mare Island, Married to Alicemarie Horst. I am a only child and would like to find my relitives!

Name: Brian Gallagher <>
Date: 2013-06-15
Where are you located ? Usa
My name is Actually Mccoy i was adopted. I believe my great grandfather s name was Earl Kruze Connlie. Grandmother was Ruth Kruze. Mccoy. My brother is tryin to track down some family that i wasnt aware of he is in prison.I was told we were related to some great people. Here in America due to self defeating behavior our bloodline is not so great. Maybe that comes from other ancestors the mccoys of the southern feud. This is my girlfriends email please let me know if youve any anwsers for me Thank you Brian


Name: Barry Morrow <>
Date: 2013-06-01
Where are you located ? Gauteng, South Africa
Hi Kruses! I want to establish whether a Heinrich Friedrich Konrad Kruse, born 9 August 1864 and Christened 21 August 1864 @ Evagelisch Heiligenkirchen, Lippe, Germany and resident 1864 Heiligenkirchen, Lippe, Germany. Son of Fredrich Heinrich Kruse and Dorothee Sophie Goeder - ever went to and possibly settled in South Africa? Anybody with info about other Heinrich Fredrich Kruse's in S.A from around 1895 would be a great help!

Name: Wolfgang RT <>
Date: 2013-05-04
Where are you located ? Florida
Hi Fritz,
I got a Fritz Kruse married to my aunt Anna Treichel from
Hamburg-Altona. Like to exchange information.
God bless


Date: 2013-04-26
Where are you located ? Rio de Janeiro Brasil
Gostaria de saber mais sobre os Kruses.


Name: Lana Weir <>
Date: 2013-03-26
Where are you located ? New Mexico
My grandmother was Hilda Kruse born in Wisconsin July 22, 1892. She was the daughter of Henry JJurgen Kruse an Dorothea Hahn. I dont know if we are related, since I didnt see any of these people listed on your home page. i am trying to locate information on Jurgen (George Kruse) born 1831 abd his parents.
Thank you lana Weir


Name: Robert <Moreland>
Date: 2013-02-14
Where are you located ? Angola, Indiana
Thank you for sharing all your work. My maternal grandfather is the Fred Jay Kruse from Auburn, Indiand identified in your research.

Name: Robyn Jobson <>
Date: 2013-01-02
Where are you located ? Australia (living in UK at moment)
I am researching my Hinz (Hintz), Berg and Kurz families who emigrated to Queensland Australia from the Prenzlau - Uckermark, Brandenberg area of Germany in 1870-1880s. I would be interested to know if you might have had any kin of:

Carl Frederick Wilhelm Hinze b. 1856 / Johanna Louisa Frederika Ludke
Gottleib Hinze / Christina Braun
Rudolph Herman Gottlieb Hinze b. 1861 / Maria Emily Henrietta Johlke

many thanks
Robyn Jobson


Name: David Kruse <>
Date: 2012-12-05
Hi Fritz. Was thinking of Grandma A.
Hope you're doing well. Take care.


Name: Sharon Wright <>
Date: 2012-11-01
Where are you located ? Montgomery TX
My grandfather, Henry Ernest Kruse b. 1881, eldest s/o Henry Frederick Kruse (b. 1853) and Henrietta Louise Broker (b 1855), immigrated with his family through Ellis Island in 1892, and settled in Murray County MN. I was told that Grandpa was born in Lippe Detmold Germany. Anybody recognize this line?

Really nice website!


Name: Ellen Cruse <>
Date: 2012-10-30
Where are you located ? Murrysville, PA
Looking for Jacob & Katherine Cruse family of Waterloo, IL. Their son Casper Cruse was married to Maria Schmidt in 1877 and my Great Grandfather Nicholas Kruse was their son. Any information would be appreciated. Nice web site!

Name: John Kesteloot <>
Date: 2012-10-27
Where are you located ? Kincardine, Ontario, Canada
Leonie Kesteloot is of the 11th generation of the Kesteloots that i found.Daughter of Pieter Kesteloot and Marie Louise De Ketelaere born 29 October 1858 in Tourhout.Leonie and i must go back to Maryn Petrus Kesteloot born about 1615 in Tourhout, that is where we are of the same GGGGGgrandfather. I am of the 12th generation of Kesteloots My grandfather Jules was born in Zwevezele which is next to Lichtervelde.There were many kesteloots that lived in those towns around that area.

Name: Linda Beck <>
Date: 2012-10-11
Where are you located ? Iowa
I found this very interesting. I am the daughter of Duane Dibble, niece of Philip Dibble, granddaughter of Luella Hall Dibble. Kristin Dibble Webster is my cousin and her mother was a Kruse. I will check family information and see what you are missing that I have. I know I have the names of the siblings of Ruby and Luella.

Name: Linda Beck <>
Date: 2012-10-11
Where are you located ? Iowa
I found this very interesting. I am the daughter of Duane Dibble, niece of Philip Dibble, granddaughter of Luella Hall Dibble. Kristin Dibble Webster is my cousin and her mother was a Kruse. I will check family information and see what you are missing that I have. I know I have the names of the siblings of Ruby and Luella.

Name: Eiden, Herbert <>
Date: 2012-10-02
Where are you located ? Cologne in Germany
Hallo, Best Greatings from Germany. I were looking to the name Godemann in Mecklenburg and found your homepge. My grandmother is born in Bützow and thieß Godemann (see Grit Ende) is also an ancester from me.
All good wishes to you
Herbert Eiden


Name: Malonie Kruse Ayers <>
Date: 2012-07-28
Where are you located ? Thonotosassa, Florida
Grew up with a slew of Kruse cousins, aunts and uncles. I look forward to pursuing my families' heritage and yes, I agree Jesus is Lord!

Name: mark kruse <>
Date: 2012-07-13
Where are you located ? jefferson city, mo
kruse's from texas

Name: K. Kruser <>
Date: 2012-06-18
Where are you located ? California
My last name is Kruser but its origin was Kruse. 5-6 generations ago (I'm in my twenties)the last name was changed to Kruser but I don't remember why. My ancestors were German but were slaves living on the Volga river bank in Russia. My great-grandfather and his family moved to the United States because his father had just been killed and they wanted to escape persecution. When they came to the U.S. I think they went to Ohio and then to California.

Name: Juliet Oneill <>
Date: 2012-06-07
Where are you located ? Cleveland great britan
I have been looking for my kruse ancestors for a long time but keep coming to a dead end . The earliest record I have is for a John kruse born in 1861 in liban Russia , I know he had a son called Ernest kruse born 1892 in huyton lancaster England he married a Sarah turbin and the had a daughter Lilly kruse and Lilly had my grandmother Lillian kruse ( norton) and Lillian married my grandfather James norton and they had my father James Ernest norton born 1945 and died 1969 ,I am his earliest daughter Juliet and he had a son Andrew James norton if you have any info would be very great full thank you

Name: Steven Kruse <>
Date: 2012-06-02
Where are you located ? Lincoln, Nebraska
I have admired your Kruse genealogy web page for many years. I always enjoy looking at your great photographs. My Kruse line is from the Probstei region of northern Germany and included related sernames: Stoltenberg, Struve, Arp, Wiese, Boltz and Iversen. My distant cousin, William Page, asked me years ago if I'd be interested in participating in the Kruse DNA Project. I'm going to do some studies on it but it sounds very interesting. If you are interested in my Kruse line go to Best wishes, Steven


Name: Steven Kruse <>
Date: 2012-06-02
Where are you located ? Lincoln, Nebraska
I have admired your Kruse genealogy web page for many years. I always enjoy looking at your great photographs. My Kruse line is from the Probstei region of northern Germany and included related sernames: Stoltenberg, Struve, Arp, Wiese, Boltz and Iversen. My distant cousin, William Page, asked me years ago if I'd be interested in participating in the Kruse DNA Project. I'm going to do some studies on it but it sounds very interesting. If you are interested in my Kruse line go to Best wishes, Steven


Name: Frances Poer FOX <>
Date: 2012-06-02
Where are you located ? Bowie County Texas
I am the great-granddaughter of Almubh Sophie Kruse who was married to Martin A. POER. She had a yonger brother, Henry Johnson KRUSE and a brother, Bentent KRUSE. They said they were from the Kingdom of Hanover and immigrated in 1853 according to Henry Johnson Kruses's death certificate.
I am wondering if they did not come here together on the same boat. One boat was said to belong to a relative and they did not register when they arrived in this country.
Thank you for your help.


Name: Lynette Fowlston(Kahler) <>
Date: 2012-05-30
Where are you located ? Tennessee
I have been trying to trace my GGG Grandmother Clara Kruse b.1808 Hanover Germany d.1868 Dearborn Indiana .She was married to William Rayer(Wilhelm Roehr)1801 Prussia-1871 Dearborn Indiana
I found three Clara's in your line but the wrong ones. Didn't know if she would be a distant relative or not
Happy hunting.


Name: Deborah (Deb) Kruse <>
Date: 2012-05-24
Where are you located ? Post Falls, Idaho (currently)
Originally from Phoenix. Both sets of parents from Chicago & Elmhurst, IL. Just starting on this Kruse journey, so far the earliest info I have found in mid-1800's.

You have a wonderful site.


Name: Donna K. Kruse Whitley <>
Date: 2012-03-24
Where are you located ? Phoenix, Arizona
Most of our Kruse family are from Edewecht, Oldenberg Germany and some from Jever. Some of the family setteled in Americus and Emporia, Kansas. We have a book that was published of our family history from the Middleages to about 1984. We really need to update, but anyway I thought you would be interested.

Name: John Deichert <>
Date: 2012-03-11
Where are you located ? Zurich ON Canada
stumbled upon your site this morning. My ancestors are in it. Roy McBride was my grandfather, S. Keith McBride was my uncle. My family has never known the ancestors of my g-g-grandfather Henry Willert born 1850, son of Joachim Willert, until now.

Date: 2012-02-25
Where are you located ? POMMERANIA, PRUSSIA

Name: Don Goodman <>
Date: 2012-02-22
Where are you located ? Virginia - grew up in Wilson,NY
I've been looking up my ancestry - Goodman (Godemann) and Duxbury.

Name: George Pauli <>
Date: 2012-02-11
Where are you located ? Originally Illinois, Now Arizona
Great info. My grandparents were Gladys Woelfersheim and Arthur Pauli. I have just started tracing my family; i find all of this fascinating. Keep up the good work.

Name: Traci Winkelman Szwedko <>
Date: 2012-01-22
Where are you located ? Salt Lake City Utah
My Fathers name was Earl Albert Winkelman who was born and raised in Des Plaines, IL. His mother was Amelia Wihelmine (Molly) Kruse, daughter of Carl Kruse and Sophia Wilken. I have a few old family photos. I have not looked at them for awhile but Koening stands out in my mind. Fortunately some names have been written on the back of the photos YEAH.
What a great site you have, Thanks for the information


Name: Kay McFadon <>
Date: 2011-12-05
Where are you located ? Muscatine, Iowa USA
I have Kruse in my family the oldest that I can trace is Henry Kruse from germany married Dorothea Peters was born 14-Dec-1818 in Germany they had 6 children
Dorothea Kruse b-23-Aug-1844
Magdolena Katherine Kruse b-12-Aug-1850 (my line)
Catherine Kruse b-26-Apr-1851
John Kruse b-08-Nov-1846
August- died as infant
Julius- died as infant

Don't know where it goes from there.


Name: Mark Edward Kruse <>
Date: 2011-10-11
Where are you located ? Godfrey Illinois
My Grandfather was George Edward Kruse, and my father is William George Kruse,from Brighton Illinois.

Name: Gerard Adam Kruse <>
Date: 2011-10-10
Where are you located ? New York
Hi wife entered this guest book back in 2004 and nothing has surfaced since. I guess I haven't looked hard enough, I admit. In some ways, at this point in my life, I'm not sure what i'd say to a family that I'd lost over 20 years ago. My father, Gerard John Kruse, was one of several children (William, Robert & Dorothy [married name is Henwood] are names of some uncles and an aunt I remember) born to my paternal grandparents whose names I don't really recall (I do remember my grandfather having Aloysius in his name and perhaps my grandmother's name being Henrietta - I just don't recall). Nevertheless, I was 16 when I lost my father and my family completely shut me out. I never knew why, but I'm determined to find SOMEONE before my time on this earth ends. I am age 38 now, and still reside in NY (the state where we all are from). I was closest to my Uncle William ("Bill") Kruse and an Italian wife whose name I can't recall, perhaps Josephine, and their children (my cousins) Linda, Nancy, Kevin, & William Jr. ("Billy"). Last I remember they were living in upstate NY, about 3 ours or so north of NYC. If anyone can assist, I would really like to begin this journey as life has been so painful without the rest of my Kruse family. For years I have thought about them, and the memories of my youth are all I have. Thank you in advance for any and all help in reuniting me wit my lost family.

Gerard ("Jerry") Kruse


Name: Kathleen Lorimer Hawkins <>
Date: 2011-09-30
Where are you located ? Milwaukee area

Christine or Christina Lorimer was my great-grandmother. her first husband was Benjamin Fichner and they had one son, Grant. Curious, are yu related to the Fichner side? Thank you. Kathleen


Name: Tony Duffin <>
Date: 2011-09-27
Where are you located ? New Zealand, living in England
Trying to trace Kruse ancestors who are being particulary evasive!

Name: Michael O'brien <>
Date: 2011-09-18
Where are you located ? McHenry Illinois
My grandmother Mabel Langguth was born a Kruse in Elmhurst to Henry Kruse who arrived from Germany (Neidersachsen) in 1883/1884. She was one of 8 Kruse Children born in the early 1900s in the western Suburbs. Realtives include the Benders In Bloomingdale, Wolters, Rathjes, and other German families in the area.

Name: Kenton E. Krusor <>
Date: 2011-09-03
Where are you located ? Iowa, Missouri
Our names are probably related but I can find no positive evidence to be sure. Have you ever seen my name in any of your research?

Name: Dr. Peter Kruse <>
Date: 2011-08-18
Where are you located ? Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
I´m living in the Capitol of our state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schwerin. My birthplace is Waren (Müritz), and my father found 6 generations back families in our familytree in the region of "Gnoien" and "Friedland". I´m interested to find more!


Name: Lee Tsakalos <>
Date: 2011-08-16
Where are you located ? NSW Australia
Hi Fritz - you have been doing a massive job, very good. So far haven't found any of my line.

Have some old photographs from Germany.

Regards from Lee


Name: michelle rotherham <>
Date: 2011-08-11
Where are you located ? wyoming
my great grandfather was wilhelm frederick kruse

Name: marti rosenburg <>
Date: 2011-08-11
Where are you located ? wyoming
my grandfather was wilhelm frederick kruse

Name: Ulrich Bentfeld <>
Date: 2011-08-03
Where are you located ? Hamburg,Deutschland
You have made a very big work.
Perhaps you know already, that there has been a patrician family in Rostock "Kruse". The first member was named 1324 and the last 1538. The informations are in the following book: "Geschlechter der Hansestadt Rostock im 13.-18. Jahrhundert. Bearbeitet von Gerd Möhlmann. Genealogie und Landesgeschichte Bd.28. Verlag Degener & Co, Inhaber Gerhard Gessner, Neustadt an der Aisch, 1975. ISBN 3 7686 4024 7. Perhaps you will find connections.
With best wishes
Ulrich Bentfeld


Name: Alicia Guerrero <alicia>
Date: 2011-07-28
Where are you located ? Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Hello Just doing some geneoogy and found your page. My great-great Gandfather was born in Webelsfelde, Mecklenburg-Schwerin and lived in the village Muhlen Eichsen, Mecklenburg. He came to America in 1867 and settled in the Maxfield Township near Waverly Iowa. Have a great day! Thanks for sharing all you research and hard work. Alicia Guerrero

Name: Diane Kruse <>
Date: 2011-07-25
Where are you located ? Neenah, WI
I am William Kruse's daughter
William Kruse is Grover Kruses Son.


Name: Lee <>
Date: 2011-07-06
Where are you located ? Gunnedah NSW Australia
I am another 'Kruse' - our line goes back to 1800 circa to Johann Hinrich Kruse and his wife Friederika Georgine Elsabe Schultz from Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Jutland Denmark. Since I don't know what parish to look for I haven't as yet found records of their births, marriage or deaths. There is a name before Kiel which looks like a place called Noeii, however can't find such a place. Family was Lutheran. Their son Johann Heinrich Lorenz Kruse was my gggrandfather and came to Port Phillip, Melbourne VIC Australia one the ship Malvina Vidal in 1854, went searching for gold in country Victoria and finally settled for farming. He was a pioneer of Irrigation in the Stanley area, also running a General Store/Post Office and Boarding House on the banks of the river Murray. He and his son also ran a Creamery. I have a few photos handed down from Germany through the family which are simply called Kruse families which we can't identify. They were taken at the Studio of Alfred Lewitz in Hamburg. I will upload these at a later date to see if anyone can identify them - one is in some uniform, perhaps Police or Naval. I would like to find the names of my gggrandfather's siblings. I am another born again Christian among the Kruses.

Name: Jina Kruse <>
Date: 2011-05-28
Where are you located ? Kailua, HI
My great-grandfather, John Kruse traveled from Germany to Kauai, HI to work in the sugar plantations. I am very interested to find out more about the family he came from.

Name: Karloff <>
Date: 2011-03-29
Where are you located ? San Francisco, CA.
my mother's surname is Kruse, and i knew my great grandfather was german and wanted to know if we had any relation. Thanks for your time hope to hear from you soon.

Name: Cynthia Kaleialoha Kruse <>
Date: 2011-03-26
Where are you located ? Kailua, Hawaii
Aloha, My Grandfather, John August Kruse (1900-1982) lived on Kauai in Kekaha as a young boy and later in life, on Oahu. I am looking for any Kruse's in Hawaii. Just some history would be nice. I see a lot of other Kruse's all over the place....are we all family?

Name: Karen Bryant <>
Date: 2011-03-09
Where are you located ? montana
Hans Christian (and Julian) Kruse was my great grandfather

Name: Carol Ruth Braniff <>
Date: 2011-03-06
Where are you located ? Buffalo, New York
Messed up the Certificate is dated March 22, 1886, they came to USA in 1891. Sorry for that. Also there is a stamp that says: Evangelisure Kirch; with a third word that is not all there. It also says: in Warmhof. Thanks Carol Ruth.

Name: Carol Ruth Braniff <>
Date: 2011-03-06
Where are you located ? Buffalo, New York
Just started looking for my relatives (ancestors). My Grandfather (maternal) was Oskar Reinhold Grofs (Gross), and his mother was Heinriette Krause who was married to Carl Grofs (Gross). They lived in Buffalo, New York. They came to USA through Baltimore, Maryland in April, 1891. My Grandfather was the third son of five, my aunt Bertha was born here in 1892. I have his Baptisim Certificate dated March 22, 1891. Do you recognize these names?

Date: 2011-02-25
Where are you located ? SOUTH AFRICA
I believe that my forefathers came from Holland and settled in South Africa. I have also heard their links go back to Germany as well.

Name: Bonnie Hapeman <>
Date: 2011-02-23
Where are you located ? Florida
Looking for John (Johann) H F Kruse, born Feb 1877 in Germany and his wife Anna Christensen (Denmark) who immigrated in 1900 and lived in Iowa.

Name: Jacob Kruse <>
Date: 2011-02-13
Where are you located ? Salisbury, Maryland
Hello! It is very nice to see this Kruse family site and the geneaology. To be honest the oldest Kruse in my direct lineage is my grandfather Henry Kruse Sr. He was adopted in St. Louis as a boy. I know my parents and a few others have tried to find his parents with no luck. If you think you could help please just email me or my parents( Thanks and God Bless the Kruse Family!

Name: Paul Kruse <>
Date: 2011-01-15
Where are you located ? Phoenix, AZ
My 3rd great grandfather, Christian Nielsen Kruse appears to be the first of my line of Kruse's in Denmark. Sometimes the records show Germany. Not sure why. Christian's son was Edward (some records show Eduard)Evert Kruse. His son Erik Petersen Kruse immigrated to the USA and ended up finally in Newell County, IA. A couple of his sisters and their children (Helena Maria Kruse Torp and Dorthea Catherine Kruse Kinnrup) ended up in the Storm Lake, IA area.

If anyone has any information to share about any of these individuals, please contact me via email at

Thanks. Great site!


Name: Rex Kruse Reyes <>
Date: 2011-01-13
Where are you located ? Philippines
Nice website. My great grandfathers name is Roeloff Kruse. All I know about him is that he was from Germany and married my great grandmother from the Philippines.

Name: Scott Kruse <>
Date: 2011-01-12
Where are you located ? San Antonio, Texas, USA
Who knows, perhaps we could be distantly related :)

Have a great day


Name: Rene Schmidt <>
Date: 2011-01-01
Where are you located ? Dallas

Thanks for all the work you have done! It is very impressive. My grandfather was Elmer Goodeman (Godemann), whose name is your family tree. He was the son of Johann Jochen Heinrich ("Henry" as they called him in the US) Goodemann and Mary Ann Merckens.

My sponsors were Anna and Rudy Kruse, who at one time lived in Iowa and later in Minnesota. At the present time, I don't know if there are any blood relations.

Best Wishes,



Name: Ron Krusre <>
Date: 2010-12-26
Where are you located ? Longmont, CO

Neat to find a Kruse family website. I think we come from a different line. My dad was born in central IL to Franklin B Kruse and Florence (Brown). My grandpa was originally born in Oklahoma. His parents were supposedly in the Oklahoma land rush, but lived in Missouri prior to that. I was told that there were a number of Kruse cousinds that immigrated in the 1850's. My knowledge of the family history gets fuzzy there.

It was funny to see that there is a Kruse museum in the west suburbs of Chicago since we had lived there for 10 years (Elmhurst and Villa Park) before leaving last year.

Anyhow, let me know if you see any links to your research in here. And thanks for sharing!




Name: Mohd Fitri Bin Abdul Wahab <>
Date: 2010-12-15
Where are you located ? Malacca, Malaysia
Hi, Good Day?

Remember me, chasing tornado together in April 1999.


Name: Joan Kramer Nicewick <>
Date: 2010-11-28
Where are you located ? Oak Park\Chicago
I am the daughter of Vera Marie Kruse (Who married Erwin Kramer). I was married to Edward Nicewick II ..and have Four children
- Art (Washington DC) born 1959
- Ed III (Chicago) born 1958
- John (Chicago)born 1964
- Susan Duplesis (Ocala Florida) born 1957


Name: Louise Lewis <>
Date: 2010-11-13
Where are you located ? Buffalo, NY
I live in the Houston TX area now. Trying to get a start on researching family from the Mecklenburg area. My maiden name was Michael - family name changed from ???? after coming from the Meckenburg area - perhaps Sharpzow. Other family names from that area are Ganschow (Waren)(Gentzkow), Schulz (Neubauof),Brumsted. The first to come came about 1853 (? exact date), others came 1863 or 1866 and 1875. Those dates are not documented. A large family came in "pieces".
Your site is interesting - thank you for sharing info!


Name: Jessica (Kruse) Hays <>
Date: 2010-10-12
Where are you located ? St. Charles, MO
Great site! Hi fellow Kruses! My grandfather is Elmer Kruse from St. Paul / St. Louis, MO

Name: Cody Kruse <>
Date: 2010-09-22
Where are you located ? Arizona and Iowa
just trying to see what my family background is

Name: George Arthur Kalani Kruse, Jr <>
Date: 2010-09-17
Where are you located ? Kekaha, Kauai, HI
My grandfather August Kruse shipped with siblings to Hawaii as a teenager. His children, August Jr, Mina, Alice, Ruby, Frederick, George Arthur, Theodore all from Hawaii. Believe from northern Germany aus Hamburg area-great grandfather Wilhelm buried in Waimea, HI.
Interesting lineage all over Stateside.


Name: Lorelle Kruse <>
Date: 2010-09-15
Where are you located ? Florida
Would be interested in finding out if I am a relative?

Date: 2010-09-12
Where are you located ? NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

Name: Rick Kruse <>
Date: 2010-07-15
Where are you located ? Louisville, KY
hi was looking for any information anyone might have on the kruse's who ended up in Kentucky. i have done some research but have not stumbled on anything about how we got here. any info would be appreciated. thanks.


Name: Derek Maze <>
Date: 2010-07-09
Where are you located ? Falls City, NE
My Grandfather is LaVern Kruse and I don't know any farther back from that. He and my great grandfather (whom I never knew and don't remember his name) had/have (He is deceased and my grandmother owns it) a farm outside Falls City.

Name: Nelson Kruse <>
Date: 2010-06-27
Where are you located ? Brazil
I'm glad to find and read your nice webpage. Congratulations.


Name: Rüdiger Kruse <>
Date: 2010-06-24
Where are you located ? germany city Hamm
I made a quick look to this ,
i would like to study it in the next week,
my Kruse came from Egeln, Heiligenstadt Sachsen Anhalt,
but i just start my search.
Some of my Kruses go to Namibia s.w.a.

i will send you a part of Kruse facts
if you are interested

best regards


Name: Jacob Ray Kruse <>
Date: 2010-06-04
Where are you located ? Bowling Green, OH (Napoleon,OH)
I am looking to start trying to trace my family tree my father is Robert Ray Kruse(b. 1968) and my Grand father Lester Vernon Kruse. If antone has any of them on their family tree please email me

Name: Loane Dierking <>
Date: 2010-05-17
Where are you located ? Batavia,Ill.
My grandmother, Stella Kruse Dettmann, lived in West Chicago Illinois all her life. She died in 1953. Her son,Henry Dettmann, was my Father. He died in West Chicago in 1964. My brother, Henry Dettmann, died in West Chicago in 1997.

Name: Laura Kroepel <>
Date: 2010-04-17
Where are you located ? Germany
I currently live in Arizona but am researching my family lineage. Somehow I believe my family was from the Mecklenburg-Schwerin area in Germany. I am still uncovering the "mysteries". I found your page and somehow, at the very least, perhaps our ancestors were neighbors. Thank you for your efforts. I welcome any comments, thoughts, and connections.

Name: Larry Kruse <>
Date: 2010-03-31
Where are you located ? Deshler, Ohio
My great great grandfather Kruse came from Gummern by Schnackenburg which is on the banks of the Elbe River just across the river from the Mecklenburg province. I wonder if they are relatives? I have the family tree from the church in Schnackenburg if you are interested. Please contact me if you are.

Name: Christine Dobbertien <>
Date: 2010-03-29
Where are you located ? Kalamazoo Michigan
Hello Fritz, You have a wonderful web site on The Kruse Family.

Name: Ramona Bossow <>
Date: 2010-02-26
Where are you located ? clinton Twp, Michigan
I am trying to find information on the name BOSSOW. I know John Bossow came to the US in the 1800's, but I would like to know who his parents were and about the "Bossow" area in Mecklingburg, Germany. Also, does the name Bossow have a meaning. How do I gather this information?

Name: Margaret J. Williams (Miskin) <>
Date: 2010-02-20
Where are you located ? Ecorse, Michigan USA
My Mother was Dorothy Kruse (born in Canada). Her father was William Henry Kruse; her mother was Minnie. I am trying to find her (Minnie's) maiden name. George Miskin married my mother in 1934. I would love to hear from anyone regarding this maiden name as I have been searching for it since 1967. Thank you!

Name: Willimina (Kruse) Parson <>
Date: 2010-02-01
Where are you located ? Idaho
Hi to all the Kruses, maybe we are family.

Name: Donald Kohrs <>
Date: 2010-01-09
Where are you located ? Davenport, Iowa
I am searching for any information related to the Ancestry of the following individuals:

John Christian Kruse (1800-1854) married Anna Catherine Kruse (nee Schnoor) (1820-1823) on June 15, 1845. Altona., Germany.

Anna Catherine Kruse—midwife and nurse.
John Christian Kruse- musician

Children: They had two daughters that we know of 1) Augusta Fredericka Christiana Kruse (birth: 26 Jan 1849, Altona, Holstein, Germany death:29 Oct 1945, Helena, Montana and her sister 2) Anna Kruse.

Augusta Kruse married my great-great grand uncle Conrad Kohrs in Davenport, Iowa on February 23, 1868

Traveled to America in 1866 from Germany
First name Last name Occupation Age Sex Arrived Origin Ship
Alwine Kruse Single 21 F 3 Sep 1866 Germany Allemannia
Ange. Kruse Single 18 F 3 Sep 1866 Germany Allemannia

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


Name: M Warners <>
Date: 2010-01-07
Where are you located ? Michigan/Timm Family
Great Web Site!

Name: Michelle Kruse Haack <>
Date: 2009-11-08
Where are you located ? Jasper, Minnesota
My father is Robert Lee Kruse, son of Louis (Lucas) Kruse and Henrietta Wolf Kruse. They are originally from Melvin, IA.

Name: Nancy Finney <>
Date: 2009-10-31
Where are you located ? Kingston, New Hampshire
My grandfather, Henry Kruse settled in Farmersburg, Iowa. He married Augusta Behrens on 12/3/1901 and they had six children. Johann Christian Heinrich Behrens (Augusta's Grandfather) left Germany from Hamburg on 5/27/1857 from Zulow Germany and eventually settled in Clayton County, Iowa and was a farmer. I plan on returning to your site soon to see if I see any connections. My mother (Kruse) and her siblings expanded to areas from New York to California. Harvey Kruse (the eldest) lived in California and his contracting firm built the subway in Washington, DC and one of his sons was an elected official. Praise the Lord. We are all connected through Christ's shed blood!

Name: Carolynn Brehmer <>
Date: 2009-10-28
Where are you located ? I live in Michigan
My husband's family is from Damerfitz, Kr. Naugard. What a great website. One certainly can tell by reading the info-all of the hard work that went into this ite. Kudos to all!

Name: Nathan Lancaster <>
Date: 2009-10-26
Where are you located ? Battle Creek Michigan
I am related to the Michigan clan and have been using this site for all my info that I can get and thanks very much

Name: David Kuchinski <>
Date: 2009-10-12
Where are you located ? Kansas City
How did you get the S.S. Vandalia Departure Passenger List - Hamburg My family from cam over on May 20, 1872
Nice web page. Lots of good information.


Name: Martina Humphrey <>
Date: 2009-10-02
Where are you located ? Queensland, Australia
What a wonderful site. Very interesting. My grandmother, great grandmother and great,great grandmother were all born KRUSE. However, I sadly do not know of one male KRUSE family member and would love to find one. My greatgreat grandmother was Maria Dorothea Elizabeth KRUSE born in Gross Schretstaken, Schleswig Holstein on 9th October, 1875. She had a daughter Martha Katharina Caroline KRUSE. (1896 approx). Then Maria married a HOLTIG. They lived in the Trittau area.Keep up the great work.

Name: Steve Kruse <>
Date: 2009-09-19
Where are you located ? Murfreesboro, Tennessee
My great great grandfather was Fredrich Kruse, married to Wilhmina Frieling. They came from Rothenfelde, Germany in 1850, and setteled in Jonesville, Indiana. My great grandfather was John Henry Kruse and setteled in Hiawatha and then Topeka, Kansas. My grandfather Walter Fred Kruse moved to Kansas City. My father was Walter Bob Kruse and lived in kansas City. I moved to Tennessee in 1975. I have more complete information on our side of the family.

Name: Joan Thom <>
Date: 2009-08-27
Where are you located ? North DAkota
My German ancestors are from the German/Holland border. You have put together an interesting essay on your ancestry- how lucky for you to have all this. JAT.

Name: Bob Gydesen <>
Date: 2009-08-22
Where are you located ? Nebraska--California
My gggrandfather was Gyde Christian Kruse in Denmark

Name: Klaramaria Schreiber <>
Date: 2009-08-09
Where are you located ? live in Florida
My mother's father was Hermann Kruse who owned a farm in Perdohl. There is a family story of my grandfather's birth and his mother dying in childbirth. When he was still very small his older sister or half sister came from America where she had moved to in order to see her little brother. My grandfather was born somewhere in the 1880's I believe and died in 1918. My mother always wondered what this mystery aunt's name was and where did she settle.

Name: Kathaleen Kruse Mueller <>
Date: 2009-07-02
Where are you located ? Oklahoma
My father was Lucas Herman Kruse, had a sister Ruth, Lavon
and brother A.E.Kruse(Bud). My Grandfather was Conrad Kruse
my Grand Mother Kathryn Peters


Name: ann harrington <>
Date: 2009-06-11
Where are you located ? australia
What a wonderful web site! My family were Meissners. I think my Dad said that Wilhelm and Elfrieda Meissners home was located near where one of the Chicago airports are now. Wilhelm died in 1901. They were farmers in Reinbeck, Iowa but settled in Chicago when they retired. Makes me wonder if they knew your ancestors. Elfrieda's father was a Lutheran minister at Holzendorf Mecklenburg-Schwerin. They were married by Ernst Beckmann there on the 16 July 1858. Not the exact same area as your ancestors but close. Loved your pics. Ann

Name: Andre Krause <>
Date: 2009-06-09
Where are you located ? South Africa
In my family research of the Krause surname, I came across a reference to a certain Baron David Malkolm (von) Krause from Swedish origin. He married Herrin Eleonora Sidonia von Fleckenstein. It's claimed that he (David) is a descendant from the "Kruse af Verchow" family. Is Kruse and Krause related? Any info? Kind regards.

Name: Brett Huebner <>
Date: 2009-05-25
Where are you located ? Hillsboro, KS
I found out your site from Lorna Feek of Falls City, NE. I hear you know Ted Godeman of Falls City; I am trying to learn about my ancestry.

Name: Bonnie McDermid <>
Date: 2009-05-13
Where are you located ? Colorado
My great grandfather, Christoph Martin Brandt was the son of Johann Brandt and Maria Kruse. The family history we have stops at this generation and we have been searching for who their parents were, etc. Your web site is wonderful. I noticed you have only two children on your tree for Johann and Maria. They had a daughter also, who was the oldest child. Mary Dorothea Brandt (b 22 Oct 1843 in Mecklenburg-Vorpormmem, GE and died 18 May 1921 Falls City, NE). She married Carl Peter Joachim Zentner (b 7 Apr 1840 in Klingendorf, Bad Doberan, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GE and died 19 Feb 1919 in Falls City, NE) They had nine children. I have much more info on her family if you would like it. Also a mega amount on Christoph and family.

Name: Stefan Kruse <>
Date: 2009-05-07
Where are you located ? Mesquite, Tx
Awesome page, My father is William John Kruse Jr he was born in Kansas City, Mo he is around 50 to 56 now he has 2 sisters name Linda and Terry, I have a birth record somewhere from Shiner,Tx it is in german supposed to be my grandfather Wilhelm Johann Kruse. If you know anything shoot me an e-mail, for i am new at this

Name: Wilhelmine Kruse Coste <>
Date: 2009-05-07
Where are you located ? Arizona
My Mother's maiden name was Pamela Jane Kruse. I am descended from Johann Friedrech Kruse, or J. Fred.

Name: Justin Kruse <>
Date: 2009-05-04
Where are you located ? Elida, Ohio
hello from the Kruses in Ohio

Name: Sam Kruse <>
Date: 2009-04-26
Where are you located ? Yoakum, Texas
My great grand parents emigrated from Seefeld, Gemany
(near Oldenburg) in 1871. I have been back to the Church there and traced my family back to the 1500's. There was an Abbott named Johann Heinrich Kruse who got out of the Abbey and became Lutheran and married during the time of Martin Luther. Tracing back even more, the Kruse's were Frisians who came from Holland to Germany in the 1200's.


Name: Ryan Kruse <>
Date: 2009-04-22
Where are you located ? Ocala Florida

Name: Ann Barlament <>
Date: 2009-04-17
Where are you located ? Minnesota
I'm researching a Kruse family, from Prussia via Barron County, Wisconsin and then on to Minnesota.

Name: Jason Kuykendall <>
Date: 2009-04-15
Where are you located ? Freeport Texas
My late grandfather was Weldon Roy Kruse from Texas, I still remeber my great grandmother Kruse but not her name. My blood last name is Russell as my father was adopted.

Name: Bill Hogan <>
Date: 2009-04-13
Where are you located ? Madison, WI
Neat website! Kruse family relatives are from the Belle Plaine, Shawano Co., WI homestead. Great grandfather was Ferdinand Kruse, grandfather August T. Kruse, mother Clara Kruse.

Name: Hanne Larsen <>
Date: 2009-04-13
Where are you located ? Australia
Hurray, I cant believe I have found someone there know something about Schwerin. My great great grandfather came to Denmark from Schwerin in 1802. He married there in 1805. His name Johann Prieskorn and the churchbook tell me he was 35 year when he died 2-11-1815. If you can help please e-mail me. Hanne Larsen, Queensland, Australia

Name: Cindy Jo <CJBCDL@AOL.COM>
Date: 2009-04-11
Where are you located ? Virgina
HI Fritz,
I am back up and running 100%. I have enjoyed looking at both sites will take a little bit to get see it all but have enjoyed the time lookingthis evening.


Name: Leslie Tomlinson <>
Date: 2009-04-10
Where are you located ? Texas
Looking for great grandmother Wilhelmine Wagenknecht from Lehsten, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, born in 1863. She came with her family to the US in 1873 and eventually settled in New York. Want to know if anyone has info about her family.

Name: Cristina <>
Date: 2009-04-02
Where are you located ? St. Louis
My Great-Grandma, Agnes Kruse, was possibly the most beautiful woman I ever knew. She would tell my brother and I the most amazing stories about what it was like to grow up. And being born in 1895, we were simply amazed as children of the 20th century that our Great Grandma Mom was born in another century!
I only know of one male Kruse - Alan (could be Allen) which was my great uncle (my Grandmother's brother).
Agnes Kruse had no middle name. Interested to see if anyone knows of her or where they came from. Our family story is actually very tragic... it would be nice to know where we're from.
Cristina D. Johnson


Name: Linda Darlene (Ramsey) Lundgren Kaufman <>
Date: 2009-03-31
Where are you located ? Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas USA
I have a great-grandmother , Mary Dora Ruegge, who lived in Arago Nebraska and later died in Falls City, Nebraska. Her father ( my great-great grandfather) was Henry Louis Ruegge. He was a wagonmaker and a farmer. His father ( my great-great-great grandfather) was Hans Henry Ruegge. I do have some of the dates of birth as well as dates of death for the Ruegge's I have mentioned so if you need this data plase let me know.
I do like your Kruse family web site. You have done a very nice job! You may contact me at


Name: Paul Kruse <>
Date: 2009-03-21
Where are you located ? Wilton Wisconsin- Kent washington
Our father was born on the Island of Nordstrant by Husum Schleswig Holstein West Germany We have the family tree that goes back 1600,s if anyone is interested

Name: kevin lee kruse <>
Date: 2009-03-19
Where are you located ? litchfield illinois

Name: Calvin Kruse <>
Date: 2009-03-14
Where are you located ? Taylor,Texas
I have lost both parents now, and am very interested in their family history. I know that my father , Herman Kruse,
was the son of Paul Kruse and his wife Mary. They came from
Mecklenburg, Germany in the early 1900's. They arrived by ship to the port in Galveston ,Texas.


Name: Bob Tisinai <>
Date: 2009-02-28
Where are you located ? Chicago
My Grandmother was Mildred Krumbach, great grandmother was Hattie Krumbach. Had a great grandmother Muttie? They lived on Superior St in Chicago in the 30s. As a boy I remember taking a train to visit an Aunt Elsie, Somewhere in Wisconsin (I was about four). I remember an Uncle Fritz visiting on Superior. My grandmother married Joe Mazza. Have no other info we may be related in some way.
Bob Tisinai


Name: Paul Kruse <>
Date: 2009-02-22
Where are you located ? Onalaska, WI
I am originally from Dorchester, IA. A lot of Germans
including Kruses from there and from Eitzen and Caledonia, MN.
Most arrived 1870s -1880s. They came from near Lueneburg and Hamburg originally.


Name: ANNE A. DUCAY <>
Date: 2009-02-16
Where are you located ? Philippines
I am looking for Stephanie Kruse whom I happened to meet virtually on a highly personal circumstance.I known her last address at Kronsforder Allee, Lubeck, Germany.

Name: daniel kruse <>
Date: 2009-02-15
Where are you located ? Interior S.D.
my grandparents came from germany in the 1880s I think .grandpa died when grandma was pergnant with her 13th child grandma raised all her kids in a one roomed sodie in the badlands of south dakota we have a big reuion every 4 or 5 years jesus is lord!!!!!!!!!!!

Name: Hans Kruse <>
Date: 2009-02-10
Where are you located ? Netherlands, Capelle aan den IJssel
Great site! Anyone family?


Name: Craig Kruse <>
Date: 2009-02-05
Where are you located ? Fresno California
Our Kruse Family came out of Russia ,Volga River. They all came over in the 1890's

Name: Cristi Moggie <>
Date: 2009-02-05
Where are you located ? Michigan
Looking for Amelia Kruse's ancestors. I believe they are from Germany. As most of my ancestors, I have surnames, Lange, Kruse, Koenig, Moggie, etc.

Name: Lyn <>
Date: 2009-01-11
Where are you located ? Queensland Australia
Wow what a site and to think I have found a connection to the Sommer family all the way to the USA.
Still have lots to read.
Lyn in Oz


Name: mary ann kruse mceniry <>
Date: 2008-12-26
Where are you located ? iowa
i am looking for information on my kruse ancestors.
i know that my great grandfather was john henry kruse,
and settled in iowa.
would like more information.
thank you


Name: Jennifer K. Jones <>
Date: 2008-12-21
Where are you located ? Michigan
Great Pictures! It's amazing how the old Churches and town buildings survive.

Name: Bonnie Hohs Melonas <>
Date: 2008-12-17
Where are you located ? Illinois
Hi Fritz, found the Godemann family tree..WOW, goes back a long way! Wanted to give you some info about Lillian Godemann and Charles N. Hohs' descendants, their children are Charles J. Hohs, Dorothea Hohs, Lorraine Hohs & Barbara Hohs. I am Charles J's and Naomi V. Bratcher's 2nd daughter. Charles & Naomi were married 5-15-43 in San Luis Obispo, CA. Your info on their first daughter, Dorothea is correct. They had 5 children. My bdate is 10-17-46 in Evanston IL, third child is Charles M. b 7-29-51 in Evanston, IL. Susan M. was b 7-25-57 in Evanston and died suddenly in Niles, IL 11-11-06. Fifth child Cynthia J. b 11-30-58 in Evanston. If you would like anymore info on Lillian's other descendants, let me know. Great job on family tree!

Name: John Havens Tarnutzer <>
Date: 2008-12-15
Where are you located ? Michigan
Descendent of Andreas Tarnutzer, Schuder Switzerland.
My name comes from my great grandfather and great grandmother; John A Tarnutzer and Carrie Ethel Havens of Wayland MI.
Hope everyone is doing well, Jack


Name: Lisa O'Hara <>
Date: 2008-11-30
Where are you located ? California
My husband's great-great grandfather, William Fedrick Schwebke born Oct 2, 1833 in Mecklenbrug-Schwerin Germany, that is as far as we can trace back and would like more information if possible.

Name: Kim Nelson <>
Date: 2008-11-29
Where are you located ? Elgin, Illinois
Hi Fritz,
You have done a wonderful job on your family tree.
I kept reading all of your entries hoping to tie our families together but unable to make the connection.
I am looking for a Johann Kruse b. June 1824 in Born June 1824 in Holttorp. AMT Gardou, Hannover.
Came to U.S. From Castle Garden:
Age 23
Sex M
Literacy U
Arrived 8 Nov 1847
Last Residence
Destination 7328
Plan Unknown
Passage Unknown
He married Caroline Meier(Meyer?) sometime around 1847-1860.
IN 1860 Illinois census, they have him listed:
Day laborer
Caroline 27 wife

Then I find him being buried in Lake County Illinois (long grove area in the Long Grove Church Cemetery)
Name: Johann Kruse
Arrival Date: Nov 8, 1847
Age: 23
Gender: M
Port of Arrival: New York
Port of Departure: Bremen
Place of Origin: Deutschland
Ship: Hanover
Family Identification: 757808
Microfilm Serial Number: M237
Microfilm Roll Number: 70

Long Grove Illinois Church Records 1846-1878 Page, 68
Johann Kruse (husband of Caroline nee Meyer) Died: 18 September 1869 in Russels Grove. Buried: 19 September Age: 45 Years, 3 Months. Born June 1824 in Holttorp. AMT Gardou, Hannover.

He left 4 little girls behind with his widow.
Their names are:
Dora Kruse B. 04/1864 D. 02/24/1935 in Elgin IL-married Gustave Burtzloff
Anna Sophia Louise Kruse B.06/12/1865 D. 02/24/1925 in Elgin, IL married Albert Ferdinaud Kanies(also spelled Kanis)(is spelled Kanese in the 1900 census living in Kane Co. Burlington twp.)M.02/15/1884

Amelia Kruse B.02/16/1868 D. 05/17/1955 in Elgin, IL married August Kruckeberg(Can be found in 1910 census, Cook Co, IL Hanover Twp)

Mina Kruse B. 09/1869 D. 06/12/1912 in Dundee, IL married William Wichmann (can be found in 1900 census spelled Wichman, Cook Co. IL ,Barrington Twp.)

John's wife, Caroline, went on to remarry ? Bredemeier.
They lived in Barrinton, IL. After Carline lost her second husband, she went to live with her daughter, Mina Wichmann in Barrinton, Il. This can be found on the 1900 Census.
I am hoping that some of this information will sound somewhat fimilar to you.
Hoping to hear from you.
Kim Nelson


Name: Eva Kruse Peterson <>
Date: 2008-11-21
Where are you located ? Davenport, IA
I'm a Kruse from the Sohsen and Kruse family - originally I think from Walcott, IA area.

Name: Elaine F. Simon <>
Date: 2008-10-31
Where are you located ? Merrill, Wisconsin USA
Dear Mr . Kruse:
I have enjoyed your genealogy web sites. I am interested in the Lehman family as my great grandmother was Hermina Dichroff. I believe she had a brother Henry DeCrof/Dichroff that married a Minnie Lehaman. She came in 1861 and had a brother William and I think her father's name might have been William. They lived in Horicon, Dodge County about 1870-1880. The moved to Wapheton, Hansen, North Dakota about 1882. I am trying to find out Henry DeCrof's parents and where he was born. Hermina's father was William. They were both born in Saafeld, Germany but not sure of her mother. William might have been married twice. Henry was born about 1844 and Hermina 1854. There were younger siblings. I am constantly looking for some connection. I am over 75 years old and hope I can get the mystery solved. The Dichroffs were shoemakers and Hermine's husband was Carl August Meyer a brick maker. They mved from Horicon to Merrill and Hermine's brother William also moved up here.
Thanks again for the Lehmann information but Iim not sure yet if it connects.
Yours truly, Elaine Simon, 801 W. Taylor St. Merrill, Wi


Name: juanita pope <>
Date: 2008-10-12
Where are you located ? tucson, Az.
George Kruse 1830 - 4-21-1924 was married to my greatgrandmother Gesche (Jessie)Holtcamp Julius Kruse. He is buried in the Hoffman Cemetery (Prairie) Fayette Co., Ill. Married 1st to Reicke Schlerp. They came to America abou 1868. 7 kids. 3 died young. Minnie m. Lambert Holtcamp
Johanna m. William Gable
Reika m. Henry Gerkin
Katie (Kera) m. George W. St. Pierre 12-11-1888 (Anna in 1880 census was my grandmother and George's step-daughter)


Name: Hans Kruse <>
Date: 2008-10-01
Where are you located ? Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Nice website with a lot of Kruse people. For a dutch branch: in dutch!


Name: Rex Kruse Reyes <>
Date: 2008-09-16
Where are you located ? Philippines
My great great grandfather is German and his name is Roeloff Kruse. It's very nice to see other Kruse's :) They always thought it's HIspanic because of my last name. Keep up the website.

Name: shane kruse <>
Date: 2008-09-09

Name: Andrew David Kruse <>
Date: 2008-09-06
Where are you located ? Lexington OH.
My family is from north west Ohio, putnum county, the town of Ottowa.

Name: Donald Kruse <>
Date: 2008-08-27
Where are you located ? Wisconsin
My GrGrandather states he came from Mecklenburg in the 1860 time period. His name was John Kruse. His parents- John and Maria- came over to the states with John and siblings in app 1861-1868.
My GrGrmother's side came from Pommerania on the ship, Laura.. if I remember correctly. Their name was Able.


Name: Christian Eugene Kruse <>
Date: 2008-08-24
Where are you located ? Onamia,Mn
I liked your feed back.Fritz if you have lived in Wis. all your life there is a good chance we are related.All of the Kruse`s in my family came from Wis. My brother had DNA test done years ago and is going to get a copy of it.I will send it to you.

Name: Lisbet Kruse <>
Date: 2008-08-20
Where are you located ? Copenhagen, Denmark
Just searched for my name on the internet. What an interesting site! My fathers name was John Kruse. He died in 2002 aged 80. His father died in 1930, my father was only 8, and never knew his fathers family. I'm searching for my Kruse family, but my grandfather, Kaj Laurits Kruse,born June 20. 1894 . died July 20. 1930, has no parents listed on his birthcertificat only numbers. I hope to get a family-tree some day. : )

Name: Leah Kruse <>
Date: 2008-08-18
Where are you located ? Bowie, Maryland
My fathers side of the family reside in Nebraska. I have always wondered about my ancestors and where the family name comes from. Thank you for providing me with this information.

Name: chris kruse <>
Date: 2008-08-17
Where are you located ? vallejo CA

Name: michael kruse <>
Date: 2008-08-12
Where are you located ? monroe,mich
thanks for the family info i left mich,when i was young and never had a oppertunity to talk to my dads relitives about are history.i still only get bits and pieces.i now currently reside in southport nc

Name: Joseph Zolck <>
Date: 2008-08-04
Where are you located ? Omaha Nebraska
I seen that you Have a Zolck in your family a Maria Zolck EVERT Can you please let me know what you know anout her thank you.

Name: Christian Eugene Kruse <>
Date: 2008-07-26
Where are you located ?
Born 1952 to Donald P Kruse.Hope all are saved.God bless all.

Name: Royston ("Roy") Kruse <>
Date: 2008-07-16
Where are you located ? Apple Valley MN USA
My parents were from Essex, England - my father was born in the village of Pitsea (now part of Basildon).

I was born in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia).


Name: Bonnie Richard McDermid <>
Date: 2008-07-15
Where are you located ? Loveland, Colorado
Sophia "Maria" Kruse was my great great grandmother, who married my gg grandfather, John (Johann) Brandt. Their son, Christoph was my great grandfather. My grandfather was Emanuel Richard who married my grandmother, Lydia May Brandt, daughter of Christoph. My father, who is still living remembers them well. He lives with us and is 85 years old, but his mind is very strong. His cousin, Ruth who is the daughter of Christoph's son Andrew John is still alive as well and lives in Emporia, KS where I was born. She is very sharp and provided a lot of info for our Brandt family history. I enjoyed finding your website and info.


Name: Ana Maria Kruse <>
Date: 2008-07-13
Where are you located ? Argentina
Hola me encantaria saber e incorporarme en la historia
Besos Ana Kruse


Name: carol mckenzie <>
Date: 2008-07-09
Where are you located ? York Ne
Interested in all Hinze info glad to trade
Have tons of stuff from Iowa, Nebraska, St Louis etc
Mine came into New Orleans then up to St Louis and then to Davenport Iowa and homesteaded in Nebraska (one brother)


Name: Debbie Shaw <>
Date: 2008-07-06
Where are you located ? West Palm Beach,Florida
My mother's family came from Wartenberg,Pomeraniain the 1800's. Ernestine Nehmer born 10/03.1847 married Daniel Schoening moved to Fond du Lac,Wisc.Also the Krug family in Wisc. all from Hessendorndormstadt,Germany in the 1800's.Would like to receive any info on my family the Nehmer's or Schoening's. Thank you,Debbie

Name: Kent Mauk <>
Date: 2008-06-29
Where are you located ? Oklahoma City
a great grandmother was a Kruse :)

Name: Brad Caron <>
Date: 2008-04-03
Where are you located ? Plymouth, MN
My grandmother (mothers side) was Victoria Stell Kruse, daughter of Charles Kruse. Victoria married Charles Morgan and they both lived in Faribault, MN. Would appreciate any information available.

Name: Franz Langmann <>
Date: 2008-03-24
Where are you located ? Aldergrove, BC
A real longshot, but please bear with me . . . when living in the Castlegar/Nelson, BC area in the early 1990's I was blessed with the meeting of and subsequent friendship of an incredible woman by the name Elaine L. Kruse. I left the area and came back to the Fraser Valley after college in '94-'95 and we kept in contact for a number of years thereafter . . . but in the last 5 years or so we seem to have lost one another. I am driven to re-acquaint as I miss her dearly . . . she is the one I would have married had our paths been better aligned, so to speak. Regardless of the fact we never tied nuptuals, I am still missing her ever energetic wit, wisdom and humour. I offer the following information to help identify her: As a career, she was a 'timber cruiser' for a company in the Kootenays (Nelson) area and had her private pilots licence, flight trained at Castlegar Airport. She has since married, had 2-3 children and seperated or divorced and I believe her last known whereabouts was Appledale (?). Does this person fit anyone you are related to or simply know because of your last names? I can supply a photo upon request. . . any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated as I truly miss her . . . thanks for your time and space in your guestbook.

Name: Richard Hilton Kruse <>
Date: 2008-03-09
Where are you located ? San Diego, CA. born- Evanston, Il. (Cook County)
I find it fascinating that we are both from the greater Chicago area. We probably are no relation, but I'll look into getting that Y-DNA test.
My father was an only child, Richard Lee Kruse, also born in Evanston. His father was Murray Kruse.
Thanks for the awesome site!


Name: William Herman Kruse <>
Date: 2008-03-08
Where are you located ? DeWitt Iowa, 52742 USA
Born Goose Lake or Clinton Ia

Name: William August Raduns <>
Date: 2008-03-06
Where are you located ? Gainesville,Florida
Looking for family history Father,Roger Clark Raduns from



Name: Carrie Vercruysse < >
Date: 2008-03-01
Where are you located ? Michigan
Hallo Fredrick

Ich genob wirklich zu lesn und finden aus mehr uber ihre
familie und meine, danke und treten sie mit mir bitte
Carrie Vercruysse in verbindung


Name: Joyce Martin <>
Date: 2008-02-25
Where are you located ? Wichita, Ks.
Hello, The family of my Grandmother is Bessie Wolfe daughter of John Henry Wolfe. Dewain Wolfe and I are cousins. I owe him some pictures but have been moving slowly this winter. I am also interested in the Siewert Family and the Mies Family as my husbands Mother was a Siewert and think the name Nukirchen sounds familiar. I was so happy to find your tree on Wolfe and interested in much of your work. God Bless you for your work as has been a God Send for me.

Date: 2008-02-17
Where are you located ? OHIO

Name: Karen Swauger Bordine <>
Date: 2008-02-08
Where are you located ? Michigan and Tennessee
Great website! I enjoyed reading your history of the Mecklenburg area and your family history. Great photos. My husband's great-grandparents were from Gross Ridsenow, Polchow, Mecklenburg, not far from your ancestors.



Name: Dick Zentner <>
Date: 2008-01-30
Where are you located ? Falls City, Nebr
Hi, I appreciate all your info and find it interesting. My ancestors came from an area 25 or 30 miles east of Klein Belitz. There was apparently some connection since our clan came here to Richardson County, too.
Dick Zentner


Name: jean johnson <>
Date: 2008-01-17
Where are you located ? illinois
At 74, I'm just getting used to the internet. For many years I've tried to develope a family history. I came across your web-site. Found the Godemann family, using my grandmothers maiden name of Hinrichs. You asked for more accurate information. I can provide the birthdate of my mother Rosa Friederike Albertine Emma "Rose" Godemann. She was born April 18, 1902. What helpful hints can you give me? Anything will be appreciated. Thanks

Name: Peggy Bromberg <>
Date: 2008-01-02
Where are you located ? Milwaukee, WI
My ancestors were also from Mecklenburg Schwerin. The last name was Bromberger. They came to the USA in 1853. My 9 year old is doing a report in school. They had to choose a country from where her ancesters originated. So I typed the name in hopes of getting a map and was very surprised to come across your website. What a small world.

Name: Connie Rabe Schreiber <>
Date: 2008-01-01
Where are you located ? Virginia
My greatgreatgrandmother was Maria kruse , born Nov. 25, 1823 in Eilvese, Germany. Her parents were Karl Kruse and Sophia Spricks. Do you have anyone by those names in your family? I would appreciate any information you might have. Thanks. Connie

Name: renate kruse <>
Date: 2007-12-28
Where are you located ? perdohl
married a man from england 1949 live in droitwich england

Name: william e. kruse <>
Date: 2007-12-13
Where are you located ? Omaha NE
My father was Edward William Kruse, his father was Olaf D. Kruse. Your website is very interesting. Thank you for making it available. Bill Kruse

Name: Lacene M. Friede <rlfriede@blackfoot>
Date: 2007-12-12
Where are you located ? Ovando,Montana
Hans Christian Kruse married Julian Ottzen in Germany 1877. Julian was married first to Rudolph Friede /1868 abt. Rudolph died in war. She had a son of Rudolph named Rudolph Henry Ludwig, born 20 Dec 1869. Schleswig,Holstein,Germany. This is my husbands Grandfather and GGrandfather and Julian is his GGrandmother. We think Hans Christian Kruse and his family of nine children came to America after 1894. They went to Reinbeck,Iowa and then to Chinook,Montana. Would love to find where they were born in Germany other than Scheswig Holstein,Germany. Can't find where Rudolph and Julian were from either. Both Rudolph's were soldiers. Hans father was Christian Kruse and his mother was Christina Thompson,Germany

Name: Irv Gaines <>
Date: 2007-12-06
Where are you located ? Apex, NC, USA
Researching my mother's (Norma Viola Kruse, b. 1901,Gibson,Indiana)line. Her father Louis(Ludwig) Christian Kruse, b. 1857, Gibson,Indiana; son of: Frederick Kruse, b. 1808, Hanover and Caroline Charlotte Louise Wiese, b. 1825, Prussia. All died in the Gibson County, Indiana area. Looking for their ancestors.

Site is well done.
..Irv Gaines


Name: Shauna Haymore <>
Date: 2007-12-03
Where are you located ? US
I found your site while researching the Wehner's of Mecklenburg, Schwerin, Germany. Great Web Page.

Name: irwan djoko susantijo <>
Date: 2007-12-01
Where are you located ? indonesia
i am from indonesia, i interested about your family story, but i need help to find for our family in german, becouse my grandfather he was bourne in german, but i never meet him since 1965, the name of my grandfather Mr. Ulright Biekart my father otto deodad ulright biekart, i wonder if your family can help me to find some information about my family in german, would you please contact to my e-mail address, by the way i am thank you for your help.


irwan doko susantijo


Name: David L Polzin <>
Date: 2007-11-28
Where are you located ? Stevens Point, WI
descendant of Johann Friedrich Krumbach and Charlotte Colgate

Name: David Kruse <>
Date: 2007-11-25
Where are you located ? Madison Wi
Bro Fritz.
Has our sirname always been spelled as it is now?

You are the man.


Name: Dobie <>
Date: 2007-11-25
Where are you located ? Same place as you, Bro.
Cool. Keep up the good work.

Name: donnaleejudd <>
Date: 2007-11-24
Where are you located ? Seattle, Wa
So impressed. Looked for some of my ancestors but boo,hoo, not there. My dad's mom's family came from around Hamburg.

Name: Dorit Kruse <>
Date: 2007-11-18
Where are you located ? Faroe Islands
I'm born in The Faroe Islands The May 1954.
My father's name was Poul Ejner Kruse. His granfather
came from Bornholm Denmark and his name was Jens Kruse.


Name: Nadine <>
Date: 2007-11-16
Where are you located ? namibia
Hi,were from Namibia
the only Kruse's in this Country and i think in Africa.My grandparents are also from germany


Name: Cathie Kruse <>
Date: 2007-11-15
Where are you located ? Bend, Oregon
I know very little bout my family.. All I do know is that they all live back in minnesota... My Grandfathers name is Roy Martin Kruse, and I have some uncles that still live back in Minnesota.. do you think we might be related..

Name: heidi kruse balmori <>
Date: 2007-11-14
Where are you located ? California northern
fun site thanks!

Name: Joanne Weimer <>
Date: 2007-11-05
Where are you located ? Michigan
We have spoken many times. Today I was in Lapeer County checking death records for Dahn. Uncovered a Johanna Kruse Dahn that is listed as died 3/10/1932 at age 76-21 In Pontiac, Mi. I noticed you do not have a link for this person.
I also noticed that my Dahn's who lived in Illnois also traveled on the same ship in 1869.
any idea why your branch settled in Illnois?
My great grandparents were Maria Dahn Bower and James Bower
their daughter
Rachel Bower Weimer was my grandmother.
I have been to Imlay City and have newer Krase/Krause tombstone photos if you are interested.


Name: Stephen L Cruse III <>
Date: 2007-10-30
Where are you located ? Massachusetts
name changed when My ancestors came here. Original spelling Kruse. Any news where I can find family history?

Name: Craig Allen Kruse <>
Date: 2007-10-28
Where are you located ? San Diego, CA
My great-grandfather is Charles Kruse who lived in Illinois. My grandfather is Herbert Kruse, born in Virginia, Illinois and lived in Oklahoma and California. My father is Sumner(Sonny)Allen Kruse who was born in Meahan, Oklahoma and still resides here in San Diego.

Have you ever heard of any of us and are we related?



Name: John Train <>
Date: 2007-10-27
Where are you located ? Long Island , New York
My family tree comes from Reese Wolfe and Sarah Prettyman. David Wolfe Great Grandfather My grandmother was Gladys Wolfe and she married Lambert Mulkey. I have A generation of information before the one you list as generation #1 if you are interested

Name: Darren J. Kruse <>
Date: 2007-10-24
Where are you located ? Cudahy, Wisconsin
Fathers name is Theodore G. Kruse and has brothers in Michigan. I have been estranged from my father since I was about 2 yrs old so I haven't had a lot of contact. I am currently living in Bremerton, WA where I am an active servicemember in the U. S. Navy.

Name: Judith F. Burritt <>
Date: 2007-10-23
Where are you located ? Virginia
I just found more information on my GODEMANN/SCHWANBECK ancestors on your website. Thank you for your extensive research on those German families.

Name: Joyce Moeller <>
Date: 2007-10-23
Where are you located ? Tennessee
Just checking over your website because while researching my family name of Moeller.

Name: Lisa <>
Date: 2007-10-15
Where are you located ? North Atlanta
Dear Fritz-It may be nothing, but I do have a great, great Grand - Aunt named Helene Korner and she married a Fritz Kreuzien in Berl/Templehof, Kaiserin Auguste. They had a son named Gunther Kreuzien. I have an old copy of some family history that I could send as an attachment- there's alot of confusing history in it, wish it could be more clesr but something's better than nothing.
Helene was the youngest of 9 children-the eldest Marie, married a Bunkard Wibelitz in Shuchen, Hohenzollern. The eldest boy Hans Korner, was born in Agneshof, Kreis Ducherow, approx. 60 miles northeast of Berlin.


Name: susan kruse brandt <>
Date: 2007-10-08
Where are you located ? ottawa canada
Our family are Kruse's from oldenburg germany

Name: Robert Forth <>
Date: 2007-09-26
Where are you located ? Acworth, Georgia, USA
Hello, My name is Robert Carl Forth. I am 63 years old.
I am a descendant of Robert T. Forth. He is my Great, Great Grandfather.
I live in Georgia, and have just returned from a trip to Illinois, where I was able to visit Robert T. Forth's Family Cemetery, (which, by the way, is out in the middle of a corn field), but respected by the owners as sacred, and protected. It was wonderful for me to pay this visit to his final resting place.

I came upon your web site and I am very impressed with the amount of information and the Details, you have on Robert T. and his children, their children, etc, etc. I was wondering if you would mind telling me where all of this data came from....? And also to ask you if you have any pictures on any of Robert T.'s sons and daughters...?
I have very little to offer in return. But I am hoping you will contact me in your own time, and e could maybe exchange notes.

Thanks very much.

Best Regards to You and Your Family,

Robert C. (Bob) Forth
5841 Fairwood Walk
Acworth, GA 30101

(770) 425-7967 Home
(678) 230-5080 Bob's cell


Name: Olavi Alakarjula <>
Date: 2007-09-15
Where are you located ? Finland

I'm looking for information on Klas Petter Alakarjula, who moved to America in 1882,but I don't know where. He was born on the 7th of Nowember 1860 in Sievi, Finland. Place was called Kiiskilan kyla or Karjulanmaki. He had German wife and they had children and they had a girl who was said to have played piano. He propably worked in mine. His father was Pekka Pekanpoika (Peher Pehersson)and his mother was Maija Stiina Joosepintytär (maiden name Polvi). When she was born she had the last name Kopakkala. He didn't change his name. It would have known here as well, since there has been correspondence between the years 1882 and 1907. According to a legend, he presented himself as Swedish.

I would like to know something about Klas Petter Alakarjula and his German wife.


Name: Quinton A. Kruse <>
Date: 2007-09-05
Where are you located ? Santa Rosa, California
My father Merlyn Otto Kruse was born in Castlerock Washington.
His father (whose first name I am not certain of) operated a some kind of boat on the river. My grandmother divorced my grandfather, and my dad and grandmother stayed together.
My dad had a brother, Leslie, who apparently stayed with the grandfather - I would greatly appreciate any information concerning the grandfather or my uncle Leslie.
They were not talked about.
The grandfather was reputed to have pilotted the last stern wheeler down the Columbia River. I would like to confirm that if possible....thanks for being here.


Name: Laura Garlow <>
Date: 2007-09-04
Where are you located ? Woodbridge, VA
Iam looking for Catherine Kruse from Mankato, MN. I found her Girl Scout book shr autographed June 12, 1952. Is she a relation to you and if so do you know how to find her. I want to return her book if she wants it back!

Name: Jean Loper <>
Date: 2007-08-30
Where are you located ? Boone, Iowa
my GG Grandmother was Katherine Kruse born 1867-Ogden, Iowa
Her father was Hans Kruse 1841 Schleswig, Holstein
His father was Hans Kruse 1804

What a great website!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Name: Martha Kruse <>
Date: 2007-08-29
Where are you located ? RS - Brazil
I'm from Brazil. My grandfather's dad was from Germany. I guess this is a common name in Germany, but not so much in Brazil. Nice to know there's a lot of people with the same last name as us. Congrats on the page


Name: Bertie Secord <>
Date: 2007-08-24
Where are you located ? Michigan
My great-grandfather Jacob Christopher Schultz was born 1836 in Mecklenburg, Schwin, Germany. He married Sophia D. Cruse/Krus in Puslinch Twp., Ontario, Canada. His father was Christopher Schultz born 1801 Wietow, Mecklenburg-Worpommern, Germany. Would love to know how to find their ancestor.

Name: Willimina Kruse (Parson) <>
Date: 2007-08-18
Where are you located ? Idaho
reading about the Kruse family is interesting.

Name: Donna Nettnay <>
Date: 2007-08-18
Where are you located ? Canada
I am interested in finding the origin of my great great grandfather Johann Heinrich Netney, but do not know how the last name was spelled in German. He was born 1814 in Mecklenberg Schwerin Germany, but we know nothing else. He was married to a Caroline ? had two sons, Wilhelm (b:1844) Eduard (b:1846). We are not sure if Caroline died before they immigrated to Canada in 1856 or after? He remarried to a Christine Schultz in Canada in 1856 and they had two more sons, then immigated to Michigan. I am still researching and have been to your site many times. You have surely put in many hours and have a lot of history, nice work!

Name: Jacky Wayne Kruse <>
Date: 2007-08-14
Where are you located ? McKinney, Texas
I am the youngest son of Louis Oswald Kruse and nephew of Herman Kruse, if anyone has any information on the Kruse family from around north central Texas ie. Wylie, Texas, and McKinney Texas. Any informatin would be greatly appreciated...

Name: Jacky Wayne Kruse <>
Date: 2007-08-14
Where are you located ? McKinney, Texas
I am so glad to hear about the Kruse families..I have wondered for many years about the origin of the Kruse name...

Name: Daniel Robert Kruse <>
Date: 2007-07-30
Where are you located ? Dousman, Wisconsin.
I have relitives from Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.
Most of my relitives settled in Waukesha County,Wisconsin.
They settled in Vernon,Wisconsin. Would you happen to berelated to Alvin Kruse Jr. some how?


Name: Daniel Robert Kruse <>
Date: 2007-07-30
Where are you located ? Dousman, Wisconsin.
Was wondering if you would have any relation to Alvin Kruse Jr.?

Name: Theron Dosch <>
Date: 2007-07-30
Where are you located ? Littleton, CO
I am descended from James' next older brother, John Kruse, b. 1827. I have Kruse family pedigree information on an old 286 computer which I would print and mail to you via USPS, if you will furnish me your mailing address. I am at 6466 South Brentwood Way, Littleton, CO 80123 I was born in DeKalb County, IN

Name: Amos Kruse <>
Date: 2007-07-24
Where are you located ? New York
1 Kruse is New York. Lost and forgotten..

Name: Todd Wehler <>
Date: 2007-07-11
Where are you located ? Illinois, USA
My great great grandfather is George Sprecher who settled in Wisconsin. Thank you for doing work on his line. If you are interested in my lineage, please let me know.

Name: christine busch <>
Date: 2007-07-10
Where are you located ? New Zealand
kiaora from New Zealand..........Wilhelmina Sophie Elizabeth Kruse,...... from Germany married my great great grand-father,. Hans Heinrich Theodor Busch, in NZ 1876.......his father Hans Heinrich came to NZ on the SKIOLD arriving in Nelson, South Island, NZ on 1844

Name: Scharla Muzik <>
Date: 2007-07-10
Where are you located ? New Albany, OH
I am trying to find anyone who knows James G. Muzik from Chicago. He married Lucille Angelotti and had a son named David. David is my husband.

Name: Richard A. Noelken <>
Date: 2007-07-06
Where are you located ? Waterloo, Monroe Co., Illinois
There are KRUSE's in Monroe County Illinois

Name: Casteleyn <>
Date: 2007-06-25
Where are you located ? Belgium
I must say difficult to send a mail to you.
I am one of the decendants of Michael and Derynck Emertentia I wonder how they connect with your Famely.
Or how you came to those dates.
Hope you let me know


Name: christo kruse <>
Date: 2007-06-20
Where are you located ? Cape Town, South Africa
Just wondering if my family is related to all of you. My dads name is Peter. By the time you mail me ill let you know who his parents was.

Name: Rita Kruse <>
Date: 2007-05-31
Where are you located ? Norway
Hi there!
It is very interesting reading all the comments in your Guestbook.
My father Fred Richard Kruse was born 18.11.1939 in Alt-Karstadt in Ludwigslust, kreis Schwerin (Mecklenburg).
My Grandfather was Willi Kruse and Grandmother Thea Kruse.
Willi Kruse had 2 brothers: Gunther Kruse and Walter Kruse, and 1 sister: Hilde Kruse.
Now I am trying to find some of my roots...


Name: Thomas Bartley <>
Date: 2007-05-21
Where are you located ? St.Catharines Ont
Looking For Schumacher Family info from Mecklengurg Schwerin.Apparently Fred Left their before 1812 he went to Canada Fisherville Ontario. Lutheran

Name: Steve Kruse <>
Date: 2007-05-18
Where are you located ? tennessee
Our family Fredrich Heinrich and Wilhemina) came from Germany in 1850 and setteled in Jonesville, Indiana. In the 1870's, my great grandfather John Henry moved to Topeka, Kansas and then my grandfather Walter Fred moved to Kansas City. I moved to Tennessee in 1974. I have detailed information on siblings and burial places. You can write me at 3310 Meadowridge Court, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. My father, Walter Bob, passed away last month at the age of 89.

Name: jason kruse <>
Date: 2007-04-27
Where are you located ? australia
frederick hello how are you mate my name is jason kruse just trying to find out my family tree my fathers name is rodger and he has a brother john and my grandfather name is harold kruse i now his father was from germany hoping to hear from u soon.

Name: Joan E Southwick <>
Date: 2007-04-26
Where are you located ? Chatham, Illinois
James L Southwick of Ball Township, Sangamon Co. Illinois is the GGgrandfather of my husband. James L, William Harness, George Edward, Robert L, Robert C. (husband) and our son is Robert Andrew. James L is buried in the Philemon Stout Cemetery, not far from our house, among several Southwick family members. Included is Bob's grandparents, Geo. Ed.& his wife. He was a doctor, My family's doctor as well. I found you by accident, just brousing the Southwicks. We always say James L was the quiet member of the family as nothing much was written about him.

Name: Betty(Kruse)Chizek <>
Date: 2007-04-22
Where are you located ? Chadron Ne.
My grandfather came from Germany. I was told that he had a brother that came to America also. My grandfather's name was Peter Kruse. His fathers name was Jacob & his mother's name was Caecilia. I have been trying to find out anything about them. Betty

Name: B.j.Sova <>
Date: 2007-04-06
Where are you located ? Michigan
I read you profile and sure wish i could get some answers to my family tree, All my parents are gone and all my older siblings. all I know is that my ansectors came from What they called Prussia, in the 1700 and 1800 , they were Hahn and Necker.they settled in Detroit,Michigan Every time I post something on the boards and say that they come from Prussia, people say there is no Prussia in germany. That is whwt the Michigan cencus file says . Yor site is Great.

Name: Andrew Kruse <>
Date: 2007-04-04
Where are you located ? Council Bluffs, Iowa
Hi i was wondering if you have any family memebers living in Council Bluffs, IA

Name: Greg Kruse <>
Date: 2007-04-03
Where are you located ? Rockford, IL
Interesting website! Parents are from Devenport, IA. I live in Douglas, WY.


Name: Wendy Case Christian <>
Date: 2007-03-26
Where are you located ? West Chicago, Illinois USA
I am Stella Kruse Dettmann's grandaughter DOB 1886. She had 3 children, my mother was one of those children. Stella was the daughter of Sophia Hilgendorf and Johann Kruse.

Name: Evelyn Holtcamp <>
Date: 2007-03-14
Where are you located ? Illinois/Florida,USA
I like all the input from visitors. I am looking for information on great-grandparents, George Kruse, born Sept 9,1830, in Spetzerfehn, Ostfriesland, Germany and died April 21, 1924, Fayette county (Ramsey), Illinois, USA. Wife Rachel Schliep, from same town, immigrated to US with him. Three adult daughters married Holtcamp (my grandfather), Gerkin, and Gable. I believe they may have came thru the port of New Orleans. Not sure. Haven't found any records. Were there other Kruse family members, brothers or sisters, who did not leave Germany?? Soes anyone know where I can verify the information I have???

Name: Sue Stratton <>
Date: 2007-03-14
Where are you located ? Orland Park, IL
Hi Fritz,

My grandmother was Nellie Kruse Block who died in 1962 in Chicago. We used to go up to Michigan and stay at G.Uncle Dick's cottage. My father was Robert Block and his sisters were Dorothy and Ruth Block. My dad used to talk about Freddie Kruse and the gang from Barbaboo, WI. but I don't remember going up there.

I also remember going to Great-Aunt Marie's home on Olglesby's in Chicago and a G.Aunt's home on Church Street in Chiago and a G.Aunt in Homewood in the 1960's.

Great grandmother Sommer went to a Catholic boarding school in Germany, although she was Lutheran. Maybe records from the school can help you further. She was from Prussia from what I can recall Aunt Ruth telling me.

I saw Crystal Muzik's message from 8/30/2002. Her father Larry Muzik is my cousin.

I really appreciate all the work you did on the family tree and the wonderful pictures with my Grandmother Nellie and the other relatives.

Your long lost second or third cousin
Sue - 59 1/2 years young


Name: Susan Kruse Guebert <>
Date: 2007-03-13
Where are you located ? Southern Illinois Red Bud in Randolph County
My maternal Grandfather was Fritz Kruse. My paternal Grandfather's name was August-----Yes my mother's maiden name was Kruse. My parents were not related before their marriage.

Name: Elizabeth Millward <>
Date: 2007-03-09
Where are you located ? Living in Belgium - originate Oxfordshire UK
Have been researching the Mould Family Tree and came across your site. We are related through Mathew Mould born 1823/4? Have two dates. His Mother was Mary Simmons and Father Henry Mould of Woodnewton, Northamptonshire.
Please get in touch so we can exchange information.
I think its amazing what you have done with your tree. Hopefully I can get mine as good as yours one day.


Name: Levi Kruse <>
Date: 2007-02-25
Where are you located ? La Center Washington USA
nice site

Name: Michael F Denny <>
Date: 2007-02-24
Where are you located ? Peoria, Illinois
My Granparents on my Mothers side were George Otto Kruse and Anna Reinola Moran-Kruse of Beardstown,Illinois.

Name: Lorraine Featherstone <>
Date: 2007-02-14
Where are you located ? New Zealand
Love your web site found it after my Auntie told me that my Grandfather said he was related to a Kruse Family.My Grtgrandfather (Wilhelm Anton Thoedore Schutt)was born in Kiel Germany he came to New Zealand abt 1882 and married Amelia Vogler in 1888 he was a ship builder in Kiel Germany His parents were Claus and Maria(Tank)Schutt. Can anybody tell me Where to start searching for my family with an english site for germany that won't cost me and arm or a leg.
Happy Hunting everyone.
Lorraine from New Zealand


Name: arlene schroeder miles <>
Date: 2007-02-09
Where are you located ? San Francisco, California, USA
Nice work, I hope to get there someday.

Name: Donald O. Kruse <>
Date: 2007-02-08
Where are you located ? South Pacific
fourth generation here in the islands of American Samoa. Great grandfather has been traced back to Insel Fehmarn, north of Hamburg.

Your website was very interesting


Name: Betty (Kruse) Chizek <>
Date: 2007-02-07
Where are you located ? Chadron, Ne.
I'm looking for information of my Grandfather(Peter Kruse.)
He was born in 1846 in Germany. His fathers first name was Jacob. He came to America in 1869. I would like to know if he had a brother that came to America to & what ships they came on & where they departed from. Betty


Name: jackson kruse <>
Date: 2007-02-03
Where are you located ? australia
hi im a kruse

Name: Marilyn Vineyard <>
Date: 2007-01-29
Where are you located ? now VA, b. Michigan
I have been researching family of a Mathias Kesseler/Kessler who ended up in Cheybogan, Mi. I found that his father was John P. Kessler.


Name: katrena kruse <>
Date: 2007-01-19
Where are you located ? ohio
my grandparents was frank&Ann Kruse my dad was there son bobby kruse and they had jerry kruse & danny kruse I pretty sure they came from new jersey but not sure

Name: bob buttner <>
Date: 2007-01-09
Where are you located ? bethpage n.y.



Name: Randy Kruse <>
Date: 2006-12-31
Where are you located ? Austin texas
Born in Fremont Ohio

Name: James Bloss <>
Date: 2006-12-30
Where are you located ? McKinney, TX
My wife's father's mother's father was Henry Kruse, although family lore says he emigrated from Hamburg Germany. I'm researching the town of Wittenburg in Mecklenburg-Schwerin because my great-grandfather, Edward Fredrick Adolph Bloss apparently married my great-grandmother, Wilhelmina Levernz, in Wittenburg, Mecklenburg-Schwerin (and not in the more famous Wittenberg to the south).

Name: anne kruse <>
Date: 2006-12-30
Where are you located ? London , England

Peter's ancestors came from Schleswig-Holstein in Germany/Denmark in about 1860. One of their children's births was registered in London in 1861. We have a daguerotype photo of the whole family dated about 1873. This is of the parents and six children.

Friedrich was born on 13 /Sept/ 1836 or 7 at Barmstedt and
married Marie who was born in 1833.

If you are interested we will try to email a copy.

Anne and Peter Kruse


Name: Michael Kruse Overgaard <>
Date: 2006-12-18
Where are you located ? Denmark
Hi.. Great webside... Just looking for fun, to search for my last name history...

Name: Kassie Kruse <>
Date: 2006-11-27
Where are you located ? Oregon, USA
I am new to the Kruse family I recently married Ryan M Kruse(1980) Just checking out the ancestry! :)

Name: Lee Ann <>
Date: 2006-11-24
Where are you located ? Wisconsin
Thanks Fritz for all your help in my search for my ancestors.
I really appreciate it.


Name: Barbara Baker <>
Date: 2006-11-09
Where are you located ? CA, MA and OR
Hi Fritz,
Back looking for Vosses from Lubtheen, Mecklenburg. Will try to contact you via email.


Name: Linda Gae Kelly <>
Date: 2006-11-06
Where are you located ? California now, originally Kansas
Klentz and Kohlmetz families are my great great grandparents, both from Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Klentz most likely in Schwerin, Kohlmetz in Penzlin. I have photos of my g grandmothers siblings, but not identified with given names, only "Grandmother Klentz's brother, sister. Pat Short sent me to your page, has glowing recommendations of it and your research.

Name: Jon B. Karll <>
Date: 2006-10-31
Where are you located ? Appleton,WI

Awesome research!!! Great Website!!

from your cousin in Appleton,WI


Name: Peter van \diepen <>
Date: 2006-10-30
Where are you located ? Breda - The Netherlands
Fine website, Fritz!

Name: Barbara J. Baker <>
Date: 2006-10-08
Where are you located ? Portland, OR
Thank you so very much for all your help on my Mecklenburg Voss family. You have a beautiful family website! Barbara

Name: Cory Kruse <>
Date: 2006-09-30
Where are you located ? Evanston, IL
Hello! My name is Cory Kruse and I currently live in Evanston, IL (suburb of Chicago). I grew up in eastern Iowa (near Dubuque) with many Kruse families in the area. I'm 33 years old, single and work in Finance for a large U.S. multinational corporation. In recent years I've become very interested in my German ancestry and I would like to learn as much as possible so I plan to do some digging through your web site. I believe my father's side of the family (Kruse) can trace their U.S. roots back to the mid-1800's after they settled in Wisconsin and eastern Iowa. My mother's side of the family (Wegmann) also trace their U.S. roots to the same areas. Both families have some general history back to Germany but I'd like to do more research. My Kruse and Wegmann heritage make me 100% German blood. Please let me know if you have any questions, need information or would like to contact me. Thanks!


Name: kaylene <>
Date: 2006-09-27
Where are you located ? Esperance, Australia
Looking for any info on my mothers side, Her father is Frederick Kruse married Katherine Nee Rossmeir. Migrated to australia 1950

Name: Vicki Lang <>
Date: 2006-09-19
Where are you located ? USA
Hi! Wow, you have put alot of work into your family tree. Great web-site!

My KRUSE family came over about 1840, I guess through New Orleans. Hei and Wibkie Tohlken Kruse. Cass County, IL, around the Indian Creek and Arenzville area. After Hei died in a farming accident Wibkie and her 2 married sons Adolph and Henry and Phillip moved to Western Kansas and then bought land outside of Greensburg, KS.

I was told they were "Black Dutch" because they were from northern Germany and were dark skinned, dark eyed Germans instead of blonde haired, blue eyed Germans.

Wibkie Tholken was from Osfriesland. (I have no clue how to spell it) Her parents were Heinrichs and Rickjeta(spelled wrong by me) Tohlken, who are buried outside of Arenzville, Illinois. They are listed in the Cass County website cemetary listing.

Still looking for their parents and where Hie Kruse came from


Name: willgallis raoul <>
Date: 2006-09-15
Where are you located ? family

I am in search of the family in Lithuania (WILLGALIES Willgallis).
My father is born in Lithuania, (Jankeiten, Kollaten),Willgalies Walter Born February 19, 1927.
His/her/ mother I suppose that she is born there low, are name is, Willgalies maria (marie) maiden name is born in Lithuania (Kretinga) 23 February 1897.

I thank you for all information that you can give me,

Sincere greeting thank you

Willgallis raoul


Name: willgallis raoul <>
Date: 2006-09-15
Where are you located ? search family-USA-Ostpreussen
I write you of France my name is Willgallis raoul.
I am has the research of my family of him (Colorado,Jefferson,Arvada or Westminster,Wheat Ridge,Wheatridge) the family's name is Willgallis.
My the uncle's william is born le25 November 1914 and death January 30, 1994.
Doesn't have a girl of known name.
His/her/its wife is 84 years old and should be again in life, his/her/its name is (Willgallis Kathy or katherine).
If the he/it pleases you if you can give me of information on the willgallis of the name.
My father Walter Willgallis and death, the he/it was the cousin has William Willgallis.
I have an address but I don't know if the she/it is just (7350 Devinneys ct: Arvada ,80005)
If one can given m’a number of télèphone?

I thank you for the whole heart for all the information

raoul of the willgallis


Name: Luke Retzlaff <>
Date: 2006-09-13
Where are you located ? Belle Plaine, WI
Very nice web-page. I grew up on one of the original Retzlaff farms and went to St. Martin's Church that you have pictures from. Impressive.

Name: Carol Mae Opgenorth <>
Date: 2006-09-10
Where are you located ? Sheboygan, Wisconsin USA
Just checking out the Koppelmann family tree.
My grandfather Albert Koppelmann I think is a first generation born in the usa. His mother was Emma Petzold and his father was Joachim Koppelmann born in Maecklenburg, Germany on 14 June 1859

I am working on the family history for my grandson and trying to track information for our tree. thanks


Date: 2006-09-03
Where are you located ? DES MOINES IOWA

Name: Aaron Kruse <>
Date: 2006-08-24
Where are you located ? Lake Jackson, Texas, Birthplace
i am 19, i was born in 08/12/1987

Name: Margaret Finck Hara <>
Date: 2006-08-13
Where are you located ? Hawaii
Amen...Jesus IS Lord.

Just starting Finck genealogy...actually found 2 Fincks in your letters section.



Name: Julia Kruse <>
Date: 2006-08-11
Where are you located ? Staten Island, New York
My last name is Kruse and my family is from Germany. All I really know is that my family came from Germany(I don't know where)and moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Then sometime later they moved to New York. I still have some cousins in Wisconsin but I've never met them and we don'y keep in touch.

Name: Jeanna Grunow <>
Date: 2006-08-08
Where are you located ? Charlotte, NC
I just wanted to say, that you have an awesome page and it is very informative. You might remember helped me out on the Kruse messageboard with finding my ancestors in Kankakee, IL. However I have since changed my last name, because I got married this February.

My finished project was a success, and I hope to continue on with finding more about my Father's side of the family. Keep up the great work, and thank you once again with all the help you've given me last fall.



Date: 2006-08-01
Where are you located ? MONTICELLO, INDIANA

Name: Carol Hummel Rench <>
Date: 2006-07-28
Where are you located ? Sheldon, Illinois
"Congradulations" on a wonderful website. It is informative, educational and orgainized. Your site has given me encouragement to continue my search for my grandfathers family in Mecklenburg. Thank you for sharing.

Carol Hummel Rench


Name: Kay Hughes <>
Date: 2006-07-17
Where are you located ? Springfield, VA
Thank you so much for your wonderful web site. It is filled with so much valuable information and made my search so much easier.

Name: Pat <>
Date: 2006-07-03
Where are you located ? Illinois
I cannot tell you how impressed I am after visiting your site. FANTASTIC!!!!!!!
I think my GGrandparents came from a town named Leppin in Mecklenberg 1875.
I do have their ship record and now I am lost as to where to go from there.
I hope someday to be as far as you are. You are such an inspiration. I hope I can learn from your site. THANK YOU so much for sharing everything so that we may learn too.


Name: Daryle Getting <>
Date: 2006-06-24
Where are you located ? Ozark, MO
What a great site....wish I could get our family history in Germany. We go back to 1750 in Mecklenberg...The name was Goetting in the family bible but changed to Getting when they registed in ILL in the 1800's

Name: Tina Havelka <>
Date: 2006-06-18
Where are you located ? California
My Schmidt ancestors came from Neukirchen. Johan Gottlieb Schmidt was married to Caroline Witt. Their son, Heinrich, was my gggrandfather. He was born in 1849. The families settled in Minnesota and South Dakota until the early 1900's. Many family members are buried in Swift County, MN.

Name: John Cecil Kruse <>
Date: 2006-06-14
Where are you located ? Cape Town, South Africa
Dear Fritz, you have a well researched genealogy and an impressive website. I hope to trace my ancestral roots one of the days.

Name: Irene Collins <>
Date: 2006-06-11
Where are you located ? West Virginia
Just starting to look for my family history. Kruse is one the names I've found.

Name: Raymond Kruse Iles <>
Date: 2006-06-04
Where are you located ? London
Thank you for a wealth of info I am trying to trace my family that appear in the UK census from 1871 head of household a Frederick Kruse Cabinet Maker from Schelwig Holstein and wife Maria from Macklenburgh (English version of spelling) The eldest son was also Frederick (a cabinet maker) who had another son called Frederick but they disappear from the UK census after 1891

Name: Rene Bendack <>
Date: 2006-05-13
Where are you located ? Teterow / Germany
Great Site,this is awesome.
visite my ancestors
greetings from germany


Name: Christopher Kruse <>
Date: 2006-05-08
Where are you located ? Keansburg, New Jersey
This is Awesome

Name: Colleen <>
Date: 2006-05-05
Where are you located ? Mount Prospect, IL
Looking for information on the family of Julius Krause and
his wife Wilhelmina of Appleton, Wisconsin also Oshkosh,

Also for information on Augusta Krause Loerke Funk, sister
of Julius Funk from Appleton, Wisconsin later moved to
Bessemer, Gogebic County, Michigan also Duluth, Minnesota.

Thank You,


Name: claudia kruse <>
Date: 2006-05-02
Where are you located ? the netherlands
I don't think I am family,but I like it to read al about the kruses,after me the name will be dead,we have only girls.

Name: Arlene Kruse Krafft <>
Date: 2006-04-19
Where are you located ? Lenexa KS
We are most interested in your research on the Kruse Family. You have done a fantastic job. My gg grandfather Peter Kruse (1807-1878)came to America from Mecklenburg ca 1853, first to Buffalo, then on to Chicago, then out to the western suburbs. They were all with the C&NW RRy, and followed it as it moved West. Keep up the good work!!

Name: John Kruse <>
Date: 2006-04-08
Where are you located ? Brooklyn, New York
Great job on your website Fritz. I would appreciate any info anyone might have on possible lineage of John Kruse (from Bremen, Germany) married to Maria VosBrink (sp) in 1876, parents of Frederick George Henry Kruse my grandfather who was I believe was an only child born in Brooklyn NY. Thanks!

Name: Linda Grothman <>
Date: 2006-04-07
Where are you located ? minnesota
my great-great-grandparents came to chicago on the Rudolph in 1857. They were also from Mecklenburg,as were the sons who came with them. Family name=Grothman,(john and marie). I don't know much about Mecklenburg yet but hope to learn. bye for now. Linda

Name: Deb Kristoffersen <>
Date: 2006-04-07
Where are you located ? Pennsylvania
Thanks for pointing me towards my relatives in Mecklenburg!

Name: Walter Stoll <>
Date: 2006-04-01
Where are you located ? Detroit, Michigan
I just used your ship info, thank you.

Name: jane kruse <>
Date: 2006-03-25
Where are you located ? iowa
interesting web site you have here......dont know if related or not...just surfing...have a good day

Name: Irene lancaster <>
Date: 2006-03-22
Where are you located ? Merseyside England


Name: RODNEY <>
Date: 2006-03-21
Where are you located ? niagara falls ontario canada
looking for the origin of kruses and family history

Name: Ken Bus <>
Date: 2006-03-13
Where are you located ? Arizona
I enjoyed your website. I am doing similar research on families from Mecklenburg-Schwerin who settled in Chicago and Niles, IL before and after the Civil War.

Date: 2006-02-27
Where are you located ? KENTUCKY

Name: ian ledger <>
Date: 2006-02-19
Where are you located ? western australia
hi, we have a Carl Kruse piano and have been trying to trace the history of it,do not know if related to you at all but any information you have or know of would be greatly apprieciated. many thanks <br> Ian Ledger

Name: michael knoblich <>
Date: 2006-02-17
Where are you located ? Wittenburg
Why do so many americans mistake wittenburg for wittenberg? Wittenburg is a very small town in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Pomerania) and has nothimg to do with martin luther. There are often tourist who ask. Wittenberg is 400 km south.

Name: Marvin Dellinger <>
Date: 2006-02-17
Where are you located ? Dexter ,Mo USA
Great Site !

Name: Arlene Kruse Hiesterman <>
Date: 2006-02-02
Where are you located ? Washington, KS
I have enjoyed your site. Wonderful work. I am looking for the extended Kruse family that originally was in Cook and Bourbon County, Illinois. My Great-Grandfather Juergen Kruse was born 12-29-1832 in Klein Bennebeck, Schelswig-Holstein, (Denmark) Germany. He married Anna Juergens in Bourbon, Ill in 1866. His siblings are listed as Claus, Johann, Hans, Heinrich, Peter and Margaretha although the only one we have any information on is Peter who served in the Civil War with Juergen. We only know Peter moved to Nebraska with Juergen but moved to I think Valpo, Indiana after his first wife died.

I would enjoy hearing from anyone with any information on these branches of the family.
Thank you


Name: Lee Ann <,>
Date: 2006-01-31
Where are you located ? Wisconsin
Fritz, Just wanted to say thank you for all you are doing, I never thougt this would be such an undertaking project, but it has really peaked my interests, Also, Thank Erich for me, I appreciate everything he has done as well.
History has taken on a whole new meaning to me now.


Name: Duane Kruse <>
Date: 2006-01-21
Where are you located ? Adana Turkey
I currently live and work in Turkey but I was born and raised in Iowa. I will chekc the your family tree since some of the manes you mention above may be in the branches that are missing in my family tree.



Name: Janice A Kirsch <>
Date: 2006-01-18
Where are you located ? Buffalo(Tonawanda).NY
Your site is wonderful. I have always wondered if the my ancestors were Lutheran and you have answered my question. My great.....grandfather on the Niethe side from Lunow lived next to a church. They called Hans Kirch-Niethe(bn.1640's) because of his location. He was also church elderman-juror, but didn't know denomination. My father,Edward A.C. Niethe a Lutheran, married a Swedish Lutheran,Selma L Anderson.Most of my family are still active in the Lutheran church. Thank you for the great history of our families.

Name: Dennis Mungall <>
Date: 2006-01-17
Where are you located ? Buffalo ,New York
Grandson of Edward August Niethe

Name: Lorraine Haase (Nee Busch) <>
Date: 2006-01-12
Where are you located ? Nelson New Zealand
Well Done! Very interesting reading although i haven't finished but will do. I'm researching on my Husband's side of the family while having a rest of doing my Mothers side. I have some names of: Dolle 1711, 1695, Tuten, Rudolph 1718,1693/5, Schild 1742, Heinrichs 1768, Ulrig, Kruse, Bandman, Johanh Anton (Antoine) Haase 1776-Munden Germany,Johann Ludwig Haase 1806 Munden Germany,Louisa Catherine/a Lodovica Haase 1844, being a few of my Husband's forebearers. On my Father's side; Hans Heinrich Theodor BUSCH married Wilhelmina Sophia Elisabeth KRUSE. Mainly from Borsen, Mecklenburg, Germany. I have the Busch's going back to the 1718 century. Other names on my tree are Brandt, Kadow, Grebin Klutz,Germany,.etc...All these people immigrated in New Zealand.
Keep up the good work Fritz.
Regards Lorrane Haase, Nelson, New Zealand.


Name: Carl J Schwering <>
Date: 2006-01-10
Where are you located ? usa ca.
I have been trying to trace my family back for almost
the last two years, its a lot of fun. My wife and I went
back to Germany and found the house that my Great Great
Great Grandfather lived in. the house was built by the
family around the 1600. in a small village called Weseke
you can actualy see it on the computer. Well I am still
looking. I cam see you are enjoying it also. Best of luck.


Name: Sharon Saylor <>
Date: 2006-01-07
Where are you located ? Michigan
Hi Fritz!

You've helped me in the past with the Paglow name.
I was happy that I could find someone to help me make connections with my past!

Thanks again,
Sharon Saylor


Name: John Kesteloot <>
Date: 2006-01-03
Where are you located ? Kincardine, Ont. Canada
I noticed that your Grandmother missed the Titanic. My grandfather missed it as well, Then arrived in Halifax via the Royal George. John kesteloot

Name: Roger E. Kruse <>
Date: 2006-01-02
Where are you located ? Martinez, CA
Great Website, thank you for sharing. My Kruse line is from Eckernforde, norht of Kiel Germany. Adolph W. Kruse born 1853, moved to Osnabruck, Germany about age 10. Kruse line in Eckernforde goes back 3 generations. My Great Grandfather Adolph W. Kruse came to SF CA about 1885. Anybody out there have similar lines? Will share info from our research in Eckernforde and Osnabruck Germany.

Name: Bertie Lou (Schultz) Secord <>
Date: 2005-12-30
Where are you located ? Michigan
My great-grandmother was Sophia Crew/Kruss/Kruse. She married Jacob Christopher Schultz in 1863. Jacob Christopher was born 1836, son of Christopher Schultz born 1801/02 in Mecklinburg, Germany. Sophia was born July 12, 1838 in Germany



Name: Peder Kruse <>
Date: 2005-12-28
trying to find my family
Johan kruse left mecklenburg fore sweden 1885


Name: Ottomar Langschwager <>
Date: 2005-12-09
Where are you located ? Schafflund Germany
hallo Frederick

Ich befasse mich mit der LANGCHWAGER Familienforschung
Älteste Langschwager in Anklam / Vorpommern
Jacob Langschwager

Gewandschneider un Tuchhändler von 1437 > 1471

Gruss Ottomar Langschwager


Name: Toby or Denise Kruse <>
Date: 2005-12-01
Where are you located ? California
I was raised in california however, my parents are origanaly from Ogden, Boone Iowa.
This was nice thank you


Name: Gregory Lembke <>
Date: 2005-11-29
Where are you located ? Wisconsin

Name: Dave Kruse <>
Date: 2005-11-27
Where are you located ? Northern VA
Originally from NJ. My GG Grandfather Konrad Kruse came from Switzerland around 1900.

Name: Susan Bachlor <>
Date: 2005-11-16
Where are you located ? Chico, California
I discovered (much to my delight) your Web page while gathering information for a German heredity paper for my gerontology class. When I saw that "Wittenberg" is one of the many surnames you are researching, I became even more interested. My maiden name is Wittenberg and my father's family is originally from the town of the same name. I have yearned to know as much as possible about this part of my life for many, many years. Do you have any suggestions for how I can get any real information about what life is like for senior citizens in Germany today? My research paper is primarily to compare and contrast life as an older person in both the United States and Germany. Any information is truly appreciated. Thank you.

Name: Joy Holtz <>
Date: 2005-11-03
Where are you located ? Downers Grove, Illinois
Dear Fritz,

First let me say what an impressive web site you have which seems to me, a monument to your dedication, intelligence, and persistence. You have helped my sister, Tina Holtz, enormously in her geneaological efforts, and I too am grateful for your knowledge and kindness.

Sincerely, Joy Holtz


Name: Clifford Schwerin <>
Date: 2005-10-26
Where are you located ? South Africa
I recently signed your guest book not giving you much detail on my great grandparents. Desperately searching for relatives I thought I would just log on and give you more detail. My great grandfather was Count Christoff von Schwerin who built for my great grandmother, Margaretha von Heinitz, a castle in Namibia in 1914 as an engagement present. I would like to get in contact with any direct family with the surname Schwerin/von Schwerin/von Mecklenburg Schwerin. I would appreciate any form of help in tracing my relatives/ancestary and heritage. Thanks again for a great site.

Name: Clifford Schwerin <>
Date: 2005-10-25
Where are you located ? South Africa
I have been searching for living relatives from Germany for so long. I know that we come from Mecklenburg-Schwerin and that my ancestors landed in Namibia. I know my Great grandfather was a Count and would like to find out more. Your web-site is great and I would like to hear from you.

Name: pam LEHMAN norris <>
Date: 2005-10-24
Where are you located ? NORTH DAKOTA
I just happened to come upon your site when searching the LEHMANN name from Alt Rudnitz, Brandenburg Germany, my grgrgr grandfather Johann Michael Lehmann, came to Wisc in 1856 he was born Nov 2, 1813 married Wilhemine Breaemer in 1839 Germany born Nov 27, 1817. They homesteaded in Hustisford, Wisc John died Sept 7, 1897 Wilhelmine died Oct 10, 1896, they brought 7 of their 9 children with them from Germany, my grgr grandfather was Hienrich Henry Ernst Lehmann b Aug 9, 1843 in Alt Rudnitz, Germany married Wilheline Augusta Voigt Dec 3, 1863 Hustisford, WI. Amazing how the ancestors came from Germany, we have no information beyong Johann, I am just learning to do my geneology, as noone ever thought to do it when ppl were alive, but your site is amazing I commend you. I hope I get good at it, thanks for letting me check it out PAM

Name: Ellen Kruse <>
Date: 2005-10-23
Where are you located ? central illinois
My husband, David, age 60, is the son of Harold Richard Kruse, of Mt. Zion, IL. He knows only that his great grandfather's name was Christopher Kruse and he is supposed to have come to America by hiding in the hold of a ship carrying cattle. Does anyone have any knowledge of such a story/individual? Thank you.

Name: George Cathey <>
Date: 2005-10-18
Where are you located ? Portland, Oregon
John Kruse (shipbuilder) born June 7, 1835 in Keil, Denmark emigrated to Coos Bay, Oregon in 1854. My grandmother, Bertha Kruse, was his decendant. As I understand, Kruse was originally spelled Kruuse in Denmark.

Name: Doran S. Kruse <>
Date: 2005-10-13
Where are you located ? Bedford, Indiana
Very well made site and informative. I am researching (just for fun) my greatgrand Father Kruse who was born in Germany and fought in a calvary regiment in the 1870's. I have his us military records and a copy of a letter from his wife trying to get a military pension, but as I am working now I don't have their first names with me. I found your site by just messing around with a search and I am glad I did because it has fired me up to do some more looking. Thanks a lot. Doran

Name: Alan Schwark <>
Date: 2005-10-12
Where are you located ? Mesquite, Tx (Suburb of Dallas)
My Schwark ancesters are from Belitz, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany. They immigrated in 1857 and settled in Wisconsin. I have not found any records of immigration or German vital records. I find similarites between the Kruse immigration time and location interesting with my Schwark family.

Name: Michael Norton <>
Date: 2005-10-11
Where are you located ? Gouverneur, New York
My mother's surname was Freytag from the Utica area. Looking for information on her parents.....R. Freytag, M. Bevens...

Name: Susan PETTA-Nokes <>
Date: 2005-10-11
Where are you located ? Kitsap County, Washington State
I just traced back my FICK relatives via the internet (censuses) last night. This is a new line for me--so I have no further information at this time...

This is all I have:
Descendants of Christian Fick

1 Christian Fick 1837 - 1920
.. +Louise MNU 1845 - 1920
......... 2 Matilda"Tillie" Fick 1875 -
............. +Ernest G. Kuemmel 1865 -
.................... 3 Arthur Kuemmel 1901 -
.................... 3 Alfreda"Frieda"Kuemmel 1905 - 1981
........................ +Bernard Paul Wolfgram 1898 -
.................... 3 Ernest Kuemmel 1910 - 1974
......... 2 Louisa Fick 1869 - 1920
......... 2 Carolina Fick 1866 -
......... 2 Henry Fick 1868 -
......... 2 Lewis Fick 1863 -
......... 2 Ida Fick 1872 -
......... 2 Edward Fick 1878 -

They all lived in and around Milwaukee, Wisconsin..if anyone recognizes them, please contact me at:
I will be happy to share what I have....


Name: Shelagh Richter <>
Date: 2005-09-28
Where are you located ? Queensland, Australia
Your site is just great. I was hoping there may be a mention of the Richter family from Bernau, Brandenburg, Prussia. Congratulations on the site and the wonderful help you are to the Kruse Family.

Name: Bonnie Selig <>
Date: 2005-09-05
Where are you located ? NW Illinois
Hi Fritz - nice site you have put together. I always like checking out other people's websites to see all the different variations. I see somebody else mentioned the Herbst name - I have contacted her and maybe we will all be able to share information.
Bonnie Selig - please visit my homepage


Name: Donita Barkley <>
Date: 2005-09-02
Where are you located ? Kansas
I am researching the ancestors of Clarence Herbst, whom you have in your database. I added a post-it about his marriage. I would like to trace this Herbst line back to their German ancestors and I know other people already have, but I don't know where to begin. The only genealogy book on the Herbst family that I am aware of is in German! Clarence's father was Leo, his father I think was August Herbst. They are all intermarried with the Scroeders and Strubbergs of Franklin and St. Louis Counties in Missouri. I believe the story was that the father of August is the first to come to America with several brothers. Seems like they were wagon makers in St. Louis. If you have any information or suggestions I would very much appreciate it. P. S. You have wonderful site! Wish I was computer literate enough to do one for myself!

Name: Carol Kruse Golby <>
Date: 2005-08-20
Where are you located ? Cleveland, Ohio
Yes, Jesus is Lord! I just started to do genealogy. I was glad to read your information but was unhappy that your research does not help me. My dad's, grandfather Fredrick Kruse also came from Mecklenburg. I have information and a Coat of Arms. It says that Kruse is an old German citizen family of the 14 century. Ancestors of this family have joined by the crusades in the 12 and 13 century with bravery and courage. I don't know when they came to Cincinnati, Ohio. My grandfather became a citzen in 1882.
Keep up your good work. Blessings


Name: Julrene Thornber <>
Date: 2005-08-16
Where are you located ? Welches,Oregon
I am looking for the family of Kruse that settled in the Yell,Boone County,Iowa area.
My relatives name was Wiebke Kruse. Born about 1846 in Prussia,Germany.
Her father was John Kruse Birth abt 1814 Prussia,Germany
Her mother was Mary Born abt 1825 in Prussia ,Germany.
Good luvck on your searching.


Name: joanne weimer <>
Date: 2005-08-04
Where are you located ? Michigan
Rachel Bauer was one of 10 James and Mary Dahn Bauer
I have 7 of 10
from tombstones death record marriages and census
I just found them this month
and can provided tombstones in Imlay City and Capac Church Cemetery


Name: Debra (Kruse) McClung <>
Date: 2005-08-01
Where are you located ? Omaha, NE
My husband is heavily involved in the history of both sides of our family. Not sure we are related, but we will look through your site to see if there is a connection, and will let you know. Thanks for the information!

Name: Janet Gibbs <>
Date: 2005-07-27
Where are you located ? Dundee, IA, USA
During your help, I checked out your web page - very nice.
The help from people like you - who help people like me, is more than anyone could ask for. I only hope that I can return the favor to others someday,


Name: Shirley Kruse <>
Date: 2005-07-25
Where are you located ? Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada
Hello Fritz!

Gerry, my husband, conveyed to me, that you would be pleased to aide me in my quest of our Family Tree; husbands side: KRUSE, SPICER, BANNATYNE/my side: METCALFE, BROWN, ROBERTSON, MARTIN, GLOAG, AUGER. I side-tracked my family lineage and got caught up in my husbands side; the Kruse.

I have been quite successful, considering that I had really nothing to start with, other than my Family Bibles. I have been researching for the past five years now, but not full-time until about a year ago.

I have been able to go back six generations on the Kruse side to Gerry's great grandfather, George Gotfrey Kruse, born June 6, 1832 in Petershagen(now called: Pieszkowo, Poland), Prussia, Germany; he was married to Elizabeth Trummen (Troman), born March 10, 1845 in Prussia, Germany. They immigrated to the United States in 1857 and settled in the Cass County area, Illinois. They had 11 children: John, Charles August, Mary, Henry, Anna, Dora, George, Otto Theodore, Elizabeth William and Victor Emil. Henry Theodore Kruse was Gerry's grandfather, and was born 1868 in Illinois (that is all we can find) and he died October 10, 1932 in Beardstown, Cass County, Illinois. We do not know what cemetery but he may be in any one of Beardstown City, Munro, Jockisch, or Walnut Ridge Cemeteries located in Cass County, Illinois. Henry has a sister, Anna Mae Kruse in Munro Cemetery, George Godfrey, William Kruse(s/o G & E), Elizabeth Trummen, Johan Trummen (her father) Trummen in Jochish Cemetery. KRUSE, Anna Reinola Moran (w/o G.K.) and KRUSE, George "Otto" (s/o Charles August & Christina (Brecht) KRUSE, are buried in Beardstown City Cemetery, Cass County, Illinois.

Henry Theodore Kruse was married to Mary Elizabeth Spice, born 1880 in Troy, Davis County, Iowa and they had four children: Donald Justin (Cleveland Twp, Davis Cte, Iowa and Hazen were apparently born in the USA?. Their other two children; Jean and George William Kruse were born in Tuxford, Saskatchewan; however, we cannot locate a birth certificate for George William Kruse, my husbands father who was killed in 1941 in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada. That is where our link is broken to present day.

I cannot find anything on our generations beyond George Godfrey Kruse and his ancestors in Germany.

As for my side of the family, my research takes me from British Columbia to Ontario, New Brunswick, CANADA, N.Y., USA, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Germany (Lutz).

I really admire your perseverance and your Kruse Family Site; great job done.

Oh, Gerry has asked how your summer is going with the tornado chasing!! What an adrenalin rush you must experience!!

If I may impose on you from time to time when I get stuck, I would appreciate your help. My research tools are limited as I live on only my pension now.

Good luck with your Tornado's and take care, thanks

Shirley Kruse from Canada


Name: Tammy Kruse Ravenberg <>
Date: 2005-07-25
Where are you located ? Arizona
I come from a line of Kruse's that came from Germany to Nebraska then moved to Washington state. They were Lutherns who had there own church in Germany. My Ggrandfather is Christ Kruse married to Wilhelmina had large number of children. Family names include Christian, Hermann, Albert, Adolf & Herbert. His son was Herbert Kruse married to Ruth Andersen. His son Richard Wayne is my Dad. I really enjoyed your site. Thank You!

Name: ivan dean kruse <>
Date: 2005-07-13
Where are you located ? spencer iowa
my name is Ivan Dean Kruse son of ivan norman kruse and my mother ruby kruse. My grandfather is John kruse.

If you would please get back to me as soon as possible if you want more information.

Ivan Dean Kruse


Name: Frederick Kruse <>
Date: 2005-07-09
Where are you located ? Kruse
Hey Melvin, You gave your wrong email address, so if you are reading this, please try again. Thanks.

Name: Melvin mierow <>
Date: 2005-07-08
Where are you located ? St. George Ut.
Good job Fritz, I dont know if we are related, but my paternal g grandmother Sophia Wilhelmina Johana Kruse was born in Harmshagan Mechlenburg in 1837 to Fridrich Johann Kruse and Elizabeth Sophia Christiana Nevermann. I am curently researching the Kruse and Nevermann lines. Wilhamina or mina as she was called maried my g grandfather, Johann Hienrich Mierow in 1856 and set sail for America on the good ship Gutenburg, arriving aug 2, 1856. as found in Germans in America 1850-1874. please e mail me . thanks again melvin MIEROW

Name: Gale <>
Date: 2005-07-06
Where are you located ? Middletown,NJ
I found your history very intersting, because I too am looking for Kruse relatives from Germany. My great- grandfather's name was Johann Joachim Heinrich Kruse married to Mina Marie Dorothea Henriette Ahrens. Both were born in 1870. I thought that with all the common names there might be a connection, but so far I can't find one. I do know of relatives currently living in Hamburg and will send them your site address. I am sure they too will enjoy it. Best wishes, Gale

Date: 2005-06-28
Where are you located ? ITASCA, ILL

Date: 2005-06-28
Where are you located ? ITASCA, ILL
My Great grandparents were Henty Wilhem Kruse 1839-1917
and Maria Catherine Hesterman 1842-1913
Childern were
Wilhem 1866-1928 Henrich Christopher Karl (my grandfather)
1871-1940 JoHann Heinrich August Christian 1873-1950
Maria 1880-?


Date: 2005-06-28
Where are you located ? ORGINALLY ITASCA, ILL
August Christain 1873-1950 and Maria 1880-?
All lived in Hanstadt, Ebstorf, Hanover, Germany.
Entire family came to USA April 6, 1884 and resided
in DuPage Co., Illinois.
My grandparents were Heinrich Kruse and Marie Dorothea
Bockelmann. Childern Hilda, Albert, Alfred, Heinrich,
Edwin, Walther(my father) Otto, Emma, Martin and Elmer.
All were Lutherans and mostly buried in Addison and
Elmhurst, Illinois. If this info is familiar with anyone
please contact me. Thank you for this wonderful web site.


Name: Lillian Hubbard Stanley <>
Date: 2005-06-24
Where are you located ? Princeton, WV
Good work on your project. I am searching on the Hubbard, Rickman, Rogers, Lawson, Neely, Hatcher, Brammer, Stanley, Workman, My desc. is Jesse Hubbard b. 1760's in VA. How did this William Russell Hubbard related too you?

Keep up the good word and GOD BLESS,


Name: carol mckenzie <>
Date: 2005-06-20
Where are you located ? york ne
where are you from at this time?

Very very nice site, the best I have seen


Name: Tina Holtz <>
Date: 2005-06-13
Where are you located ? western New York
Dear Fritz,

Thanks to your help, I now know where in Germany my ancestors are from!! I know that you had help in your research too so I thank you for passing it forward.

With much gratitude,


Name: Larry Crocker <>
Date: 2005-06-06
Where are you located ? Santa Cruz Californiz
My mother's maiden name is Kruse. I see some familiar first names on your site. She is the daughter of Lawrence Kruse.
Just wondering if maybe I missed her dads name someplace.


Name: joachim konrad kruse <>
Date: 2005-06-06
Where are you located ? bremerhaven,germany
i was born in bremerhaven germany and imigrated to USA on april 20,1954. my parents were from mecklenburg-schwerin.more next time. jkk

Name: Alice <>
Date: 2005-06-03
Where are you located ? Washington, D.C. area
Hello Fred, there is nothing to indicate that we are related, but my 2GGP's, Frederick GAHLBECK and Carolina BURMEISTER came from the Meck-Schwer area to Chicago in 1868. They settled at what is now 18th and South Union (on the map it looks like the Dan Ryan runs right on top of it) and attended 1st Evangelical Zion Lutheran church at 19th and Halsted. They too are buried at Concordia, with all their children and their grandaughter's husband, William PILZ. He is my GF. My GM, Ethel GAHLBECK PILZ is, I believe, buried in Florida.

I liked your webste because, even though there is likely no family link, I could see a little of something that would have been very similar to my GGP's experience. You have done an absolutely amazing job. So well organized (high praise coming from a German!) and very informative. A real cut above the usual, I think.

Your guestbook is also interesting and a good place for people to "meet." I particually enjoyed the entry from your father's college roomate. That's the good side of the Internet. I recently "met" someone whose husband had worked for my GF at the Glen Ellyn Dairy, which he ran until about 1957. They had been good friends with my father's eldest brother and his first wife.

I wish you best of luck in your genealogy endeavors.



Name: Gerrit Priehs <>
Date: 2005-05-24
Where are you located ? Berlin
Great web site.
Interest me much for my family tree could not find out up to now however. Much luck still with looks for your ancestors.


Name: Gerald A. Gronert <>
Date: 2005-05-17
Where are you located ? Chicago IL
My maternal grandmother and her sister were born and raised in Kreutzkrug, north of Templin. They immigrated as 2-4 y/o children to Grand Rapids MI in the early 1870s. My grandmother re-visited the Templin in 1900, and I have her diary for that trip, although details about the area are slim. If you wish, I'll email you the diary.

My wife and I visited the Templin area 2 weeks ago, but did not find direct evidence of family. Do you know of a restaurant called the Knodelbaum (dumpling tree)? My grandmother went to it on her 1900 trip; I think that it was in Templin. We ate twice in Templin, but did not find the restaurant, or anyone who knew anything about it.
Thanks Gerald Gronert


Name: Katharina <>
Date: 2005-05-12
Where are you located ? Germany
did anyone find a relation to family "Kruse" from Hessloh, Heiden, Lage (< cities) or around in NRW, Germany?



Date: 2005-04-17
Where are you located ? Aldergrove, BC, CANADA
My grandfather was Henry Kruse son of George G Kruse and Elizabeth Trummen of Cass county. He was one of eleven children. In 1906 he had one son "Donald J. Kruse" born in Cleveland township Iowa. He then emigrated to Canada, probably for free Govt. land. My father was born in 1911, in Saskatchewan. He also had two other children, Hazen and Jean, they were both born before my father in 1911. My grandfather was married to Mary E. Spicer of Troy Iowa, He must have returned to Illinois as he passed away there in 1932. I am still researching trying to find out why.
Gerry Kruse


Name: nelda v torres <>
Date: 2005-04-13
Where are you located ? Texas
I was the lady looking for Henry and Sophis Schmidt. They were in Austin Co. Texas in 1870 and Frederich Witte was living with them at the time. Frederich Witte is my great-grandfather and he married Anna Marie Schmidt. This family came from Mecklenburg, Prussia and first went to Chicago, ILL and then down to Texas. Do you see any connection with your family?

Name: Larry Kruse <>
Date: 2005-04-13
Where are you located ? Deshler, Ohio 43516
I wonder if we could be distance relatives as my people came from Schnackenburg, Germany on the Elbe River. Your family would just be across the river in the province of Mechlenberg. His name is Joachim Christian Kruse and his wife was Maria, Sophia Wendt.
I would be interested in sharing information that I have concerning the family if you are interested.

Larry Kruse


Name: Bonnie Jammer <>
Date: 2005-04-10
Where are you located ? Auburn, Michigan
Your site is wonderful! I found your site doing a search for "Schwerin-Mecklenburt." I have many ancestors from that area. I don't think I'm related but just for fun checked out a lot of your links. Thanks to you I found a picture of the Lessing. My great-grandfather Fritz Jammer came over on the Lessing with his parents and brothers in 1885. Just checking out your Allemannia passenger listing I found some Seiverts and Rohloffs. I need to do some more checking, because I have Seiverts from Schwerin-Mecklenburg and Rohloffs in family tree. Thanks again! Bonnie Jammer
P.S. Jesus is risen! He is risen indeed!


Name: Karen Luck <>
Date: 2005-03-28
Hi there just looking again this time the name is WICHMANN Johann Detlef Wilhelm he (m) Cacelie GOTTSCH.
Regards Karen


Name: shawn kruse <>
Date: 2005-03-28
Where are you located ? elberfeld, indiana
i was just wondering if there is any relation in the evansville indiana area

Name: Beth Stauber <>
Date: 2005-03-15
Where are you located ? Pittsburgh, PA
Both of my grandparents were 100% German, Pauline Schmidt and Francis Stauber whom were married. They were both born in America. We also had a relative that was a Nazi pilot. I was wondering if we may have a connection somehow? They lived in Troy Hill in Pittsburgh, PA.

Beth Stauber


Name: Patrick O'Neill <>
Date: 2005-03-04
Where are you located ? Burke, Virginia
What a wonderful site! Some of my relatives are from Hohen Luckow from near Neukirchen and finding so much on one site of that area is overwhelming!!! Fritz has done a great job!!!!

Name: Sharon Koch <>
Date: 2005-02-09
Where are you located ? Chicago, IL
Appreciate your work on the Godemann family.

Name: Tom Wamser <>
Date: 2005-02-07
Where are you located ? Clinton Twp. Michigan (Detroit suburb)
grandfather - Heinrich Frederick Kruse born 1888 Germany
mother - Dorothy Erna Kruse born 1916 Detroit

It was interesting reading about your family's history.
I really know very little about my grandfather's family.
I believe he had siblings that never came over. I also think he was from Bremman (sp.?) Germany


Name: Sandra Sheffield <>
Date: 2005-02-06
Where are you located ? Spring, Tx near Houston, Tx
Keep up the good work. I am doing the families of Lewin-Levin-Lewien from Krockfitz and hopeing that our lines would cross since you know so much about this area. I read your posting every day so keep it up. SS

Name: Stan Brodhagen <>
Date: 2005-01-27
Where are you located ? Newton, Kansas
I have been to many of the same places in Wisconsin and germany to study my family history.

Name: Jeff Kruse <>
Date: 2005-01-25
Where are you located ? Florida
Hi Fritz, Enjoyed your web site. My family is from Michigan. Are you the Fritz who is helping my cousin Marv find our family tree?

Name: Janet Hoshel (Kruse) <>
Date: 2005-01-14
Where are you located ? Fort St John , B.C. Canada
I am the daughter of Donald Clare Kruse and Eva Josephine Kruse of Fort St John B.C. My Dad moved to Canada from New Jersey around 1959? I presently live in Athabasca, Alberta, Canada.

Name: George H. Kruse <>
Date: 2005-01-02
Where are you located ? Biloxi , Mississippi
I enjoyed your site. I have been trying to find out about my grandfathers family. His name was Stanley Kruse.

Name: Frances Poer Fox <>
Date: 2004-12-27
Where are you located ? Bowie Co. TX
My g-grandmother, Almuth Sophie KRUSE immigrated to TX about 1853 from the Kingdom of Hanover. She had two brothers, Henry Johnson KRUSE and Bentent KRUSE who came here with her. I'm not finding a trace of them.
Deepest Regards,
Frances Poer Fox


Name: Darlene Hogan Kruse <>
Date: 2004-12-22
Where are you located ? Darien, GA USA
This site is wonderful, thank you. I married Frederick Lloyd Kruse in Mandarin, FL August 13, 1983. He was named after his grandfather, who died in 1954. There is alot of mystery in regards to Mr. Kruse. No one knows where he came from, or when and how he traveled to the US. Family tradition is that he left home at 15. We believe that he came ashore near Miami, settled in the Jacksonville - Green Cove Springs area in Florida. He made a living as a commercial fisherman and raised 9 children with his Scottish wife, Anne. He is buried in the Green Cove Springs Cemetary, next to his son, Johnny, who died as a teenage. The Peace of the Lord be always with you. Darlene Kruse.

Name: gerald grimes <>
Date: 2004-12-21
Where are you located ? Wisconsin
Ladwig family from Mecklenburg-schwerin-maybe town of grabow. came to wisconsin between 1858 and 1864-liberty-outigamie county

Name: Beth Anschultz <>
Date: 2004-12-13
Where are you located ? Newport, Arkansas
I ran across on of your post on and it led me here. Your words seem to be that of a very kind person and that is always refreshing in this day and time. I am searching for my husbands family. He was in Germany during his time in the Army and tried to find Anschultz while there but found none. They told him it was probably Schultz and they had added the an after they arrived in America. Do you know if this is true and have you run across any Anschultz in any of your research. Have just started searching and do not have a clue where to start. Would really appreciate any info you can give me. Thank you so much. enjoyed touring your website.
Beth Anschultz


Name: karla k <>
Date: 2004-12-05
Where are you located ? Neenah, WI
You have a wonderful collection of genealogy and history.
I am related to the Kruse family but not sure if it is the same.
William Christop Kruse (b. 1817)married Maire Buolhorn (spelling?) and moved to the US in 1852. Could my William be related to your Johann Joachim Kruse...maybe brothers to each other?
Great website!!!


Name: rombout kruse <>
Date: 2004-11-03
Where are you located ? holland europe
on the way of finding my family, or at least trying to, i came across your website. interesting. apparently my family is also from germany, albeit probably the detmold area. I am not sure and it is rather difficult to find this info. perhaps we are indeed related. I know my family emigrated into amsterdam, holland around the 1780s and stayed there eversince. they are known in that time in holland as Croese(n) in all the official pieces, but called themselves kruse, since that was the name they had in germany. probably something had gone wrong in enlisting in the dutch system. if you know anything more, please let me know,


roland rombout kruse


Name: Barbara Bernitt Hacker <>
Date: 2004-11-02
Where are you located ? Indiana
Great site! Thank you!
Looking for early photos, info on the Bernitt's in Indiana.


Name: Marie Sommer <>
Date: 2004-11-02
Where are you located ? DK
..... very funny to find a webpage where my name figures... maybe we are related somehow... the name Sommer is not very usual in Europe....

Name: richard kruse <>
Date: 2004-10-27
Where are you located ? canada , calgary , alberta
actuly if u could give me as much in fo on the family as u now that would be a great help

Name: richard kruse <>
Date: 2004-10-27
Where are you located ? canada ,alberta , calgary
can u give me info about are family crest, by info i mean like what each symbol means. if u could do that 4 me i would really greatful

Name: Kathy Ripke <ripk0004@>
Date: 2004-10-26
Where are you located ? Minneapolis, MN
I came to this site via a google search looking for Neukirchen, Germany's Lutheran Church. I believe it to be the church of my German forebearers. They were "Ripkes" (perhaps spelled Roepke ?) with mariages to "Peters" & "Godemanns." Since these surnames appear on this site & I know my German Ripke relatives emmigrated from the town of Matterson in this northeastern German vicinity-- I thought I'd sign in in hopes of connecting with other researchers who might have overlapping information to share.

Name: Karen Luck <>
Date: 2004-10-23
Where are you located ? Queensland, Australia
Great site, I am related to the SOMMER and WICHMANN familys.

Name: Victoria Hermann <>
Date: 2004-10-11
Where are you located ? Orlando, Florida
Fritz, Was amazed to find a relative listed on your website and am thrilled to find our connection through the Scherpelz name. I can tell you have put a lot of work into this project and I want to express my appreciation for those efforts. Thanks also for your help in finding my Hermann ancestors in Chicago.
Best Wishes - Tori


Name: Craig J. Kruse <>
Date: 2004-10-08
Where are you located ? Fresno ca USA
Nice web page

Name: Julie A Langstaff <>
Date: 2004-10-07
Where are you located ? Wichita, Kansas
Thanks for the useful info. I am looking for any info on the following:

Godemann & Kasten from Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Ruegge from Hanover

thanks again


Name: Jennifer Lynn Kruse <>
Date: 2004-09-27
Where are you located ? Thunder Bay, ON. CANADA
well im a Kruse but i dont see any others that i know im related to on here, I know im german so must be some relation... thanks very interesting

Name: Nancy Dykeman <>
Date: 2004-09-23
Where are you located ? Schenectady, NY
Fritz: What an excellent job you've done! Your webswite is wonderful. I am researching the surname Kruss, members of which are in Cook County, IL. Some of the census records indicate there may have been a cross over in spelling between Kruse and Kruss. Have you found any evidence of that in your research? I know my husbands family has ended up with three major variations down through time, with some other variations mixed in just to keep things interesting. By the way, it's good to see someone else who loves Jesus is also into genealogy! God bless you! Nancy

Name: Grit Ende <>
Date: 2004-09-15
Where are you located ? Rostock, Meck-Pom, Germany
Hello Fritz,

mean congratulations on finding their great-grandmother Marie Sommer. Again once perseverance was worthwhile itself.

Far as much success!



Name: Mark Kruse <>
Date: 2004-09-15
Where are you located ? Jefferson City, MO
I have enjoyed your site immensely. Great Job! My ancestors on the Kruse side came from the Hunteburg/Dielingen area in Germany. Settled in Washington County Texas. I believe a sibling settled in Ohio but still unable to connect. Keep up the good work!

Name: Joliene McAnly <>
Date: 2004-09-11
Where are you located ? Northern Illinois
Do you have any information about Kruse brothers that settled in Bureau County, Illinois? Names were Theodore Kruse and Earnest/Ernest Fred Kruse. Earnest was born 1842 and married in the US to a Amelia Vick who was born in Germany to a John Vick.These families also combined with The Fahs/Foss families in Bureau Co., IL. The Foss family was from Mecklinburg, Mrs Foss was a Warning. Also the Schumacher and Thun family came from this area and married into Foss family. Christina Thun married John Carl Schumacher and Christina was a half brother to John William Bruhn.

Name: christopher arnold kruse <>
Date: 2004-08-25
Where are you located ? st.paul mn
my grandfathers name is arnold milton kruse and he died this year his mother has the last name kruse but hes was adopted out he was born in 1932 im looking for the rest of my family all i know is that are name comes from germany please help me find my roots my grandmothers name his wifes name and maiden was janet lois pelquin i also have cousines on my grandfathers side with last name braon

Name: Barb <>
Date: 2004-08-25
Where are you located ? Des Plaines
Dear Fred, While looking thru cook county sites I found yours, I live in Des Plaines My brother worked at Kruse's gas station in the early 70's, I grew up across the street from one of the Ladendorf's. In fact they just tore down the old Ladendorf's homested on mill st in Des Plaines. The libary has picture display of the Ladendorf clan. I also have a copy of a 1938 Des Plaines directoy, it has lots of info in it.If you want me to look any of them up let me Know. ( Also, My family also settled in Niles Center in mid 1800's here are the surnames I looking for Knabe, Kutz, Hartung, Diederch, Rade, Brenner, Kante, )

Date: 2004-08-20
Where are you located ? PINE CITY, MINNESOTA

Name: Dave Rex <>
Date: 2004-08-16
Where are you located ? Kingsport, Tennessee
I was your fathers roomate at UW and played football for the Badgers #'s 79 & 44. He and your brother (plus Charlie) curied my Imperial of numerious electrical problems. No one else could have done it. Besides we sailed on Devil's Lake, saw the Packers practice and stayed two nights with your parents.
I played fullback with The Horse but your Dad's locker was next to Alan Ameche.
You look like your Dad,

=Dave Rex, ansestors from Brandenberg, Alt Rudnetz, on the Oder River, the closest nend to Berlin.


Name: craig Fresch <>
Date: 2004-08-16
Where are you located ? lockport new york
thanks for your help earlier this year finding some of my family. I have now gotten back to 1500's on the mosher side!
God bless,


Name: Ruud Hardorff <>
Date: 2004-08-15
Where are you located ? Holland
johan Frederik Kruse
bornn Zeist holland 09-04-1848
dead Leeuwarden holland 05-10-1907
wedding Sophia Hardorff 20-06-1878


Name: Angela Taylor <>
Date: 2004-08-11
Where are you located ? Michigan City, IN
Wow, great job!

Name: Sandra Scharnberg <>
Date: 2004-08-05
Where are you located ? San Diego, California
Am also tracing family history. My father is George Robert Scharnberg, great-grandson of Fredrich J.(Fritz) & Anna Albrecht Scharnberg of Mecklenburg/Neukirchen. Was contacted years ago by Carla Trum Mercado, grandaughter of Charles Ernst Scharnberg, son of Fredrich. She has traced the Scharnberg family back to when they settled in Shelby, Texas in 1855 after leaving Germany. While vacationing at my sister's home near Houston this June, we found the Shelby Cemetery where many Scharnbergs are buried (headstones are all in German). We found Fritz, Anna, assorted offspring and Anna's mother and possible grandmother. Also found the grave of Johann Scharnberg (1800-1884). Believe he is the father of the 3 brothers who came from Mecklenburg to settle in Texas. I found your site while checking my family name online. Wouldn't be able to learn any of this w/o the internet! I will also look up the book "Germans to America" you have listed on your page. Am curious about Scharnberg or Scharenberg...the same family name possibly changed when they entered the USA (as so many were)? So many people misspelled my name as I was growing up that I wouldn't doubt that was the case. Enjoyed reading your website.

Name: Malia Kruse Fu <>
Date: 2004-08-01
Where are you located ? Hawaii
Aloha, found your website very interesting. My great-grandparents, Wilhelm and Wilhelmina Kruse also emigrated with 8 of their children from Hannova, Germany to Hawaii on a ship named the Ehrenfels in the mid-1800's. My grandfather's name was Edward August, he had a brother named Fritz. My dad's name was George Arthur, he had a brother named Frederick and my brother's middle name is Frederick. Amazing how our ancestor's memories are being kept alive by the passing on of names. Some time very long ago the original Frederick Kruse must have been well-loved.
Good luck in your genealogical search.


Name: Linda Kruse <>
Date: 2004-07-19
Where are you located ? Mpls. MN
Hi again, I was thinking, if there are any Kruses that would like an email pal, well, just email me.Sounds a little presumptous, this is not a personal ad, but, I am 57, dark thick German hair, long,retired, but am busy doing lots of things, University ed., and just real likeable, Geman laughter and cheerfulness,witty etc. I would love to make Kruse friends, like the way it used to be with all my Kruse relation, whom most have passed on. They came from Perry , Il, Chester, Il, St. Louis, Dietrich George Heinrich Kruse. anyway, thanks Linda

Name: Linda Kruse <>
Date: 2004-07-19
Where are you located ? Mpls Mn
Hi, your site is interesting, my Kruse family is from Randolph Co , Ill, they come from Eilvese, Germany. Did you find anything on Krusemark, Ger? In the early centuries I think they were from there ,and one source said they immigrated from Holland-Friesland. Kruses all have the same origin, so ,hello ,

Name: Amy Kruse <>
Date: 2004-07-10
Where are you located ? Atlanta GA

I know that my family is from Germany, and settled in German Town, Illinois. I am not sure if we are from the same place in Germany or not. My family except for my father's side still lives in Pecatonica Illinois.


Name: Kris Karsten <>
Date: 2004-07-09
Where are you located ? Edmond, OK
I just started looking up info on my family ancestry today and have learned a lot already. I was doing a search on the Godemann family when I found your page. My great great grandfather, Johann Heinrich Theodor Kasten, was married to Sophia Dorothea Joachime Godemann. They had 6 children together, one of which was John Heinrich Martin Karsten, my great grandfather. One of John's sons, Melvin Erich Karsten, was my grandfather. My name is Kristopher (Kris) Brett Karsten and I am 29. I'm sorry I don't have more information on the Godemann family ancestors, but I just started today. I'm still trying to go as far back in the Karsten/Kasten lineage as possible. Good luck in continuing your impressive documentation of your family history.

Name: Tom Broadfoot <>
Date: 2004-07-05
Where are you located ? Schaumburg, IL
I happened upon your site by chance and am related to Minnie Bruescher through my mother's side of the family. My mother, Elaine Marie Baning was born in Des Plaines, IL. in 1928 and is buried at Town of Main Cemetery. Her father, Wilbur Fred Baning, was born in Des Plaines in 1904. His father, Fred Bening married Lena Bruescher, Minnie's sister. If I can help in your research, contact me.

Name: Otto Kruse <>
Date: 2004-06-24
Where are you located ? Melbourne -Australia
born near Neumunster [Gros Kummerfeld]- Schleswig Holstein 1948 - migrated to Australia in 1953 with my parents [both still living]
1 brother - Hans
1 sister - Erika


Name: Susan Schultz <>
Date: 2004-06-24
Where are you located ? MI
Looking for possible connection to husband's Schultz family from Germany.

Name: Peter Kruse <>
Date: 2004-06-23
Where are you located ? Wismar,Mecklenburg
Hello Fritz
my name is Peter(Fritz Ludwig) Kruse.
Your site finds I very interesting and exciting. I come from Wismar into Mecklenburg and my grandfathers comes from Neukätherhagen near Neukloster. My Grandfather Hermann Kruse had a smithy in Neukätherhagen.
Reading of your Site is exciting like a Crimestory.
I even know that after a nuclear war a few of the gigantic family Kruse surely now will remain.
I would be very happy if a member of the family Kruse lifted from the states contact with me.
I was already two times in the states and once in Canada.
Many greetings at all Kruses.
Peter Kruse


Name: Donald A. Ross <>
Date: 2004-06-05
Where are you located ? Tanunda, South Australia
My family came to South Australia in 1854 from the same region of Mecklenburg-Schwerin as your ancestors.
I particuarly enjoyed seeing your photo's of Neukirchen and Satow churches. Some of my ancestors were associated with those churches.
There is possibly also a family connection, my forebear Joachim Peter Ross was married on 23 Oct. 1792 at Satow to Anna Maria Wendt. She was born 9 Oct. 1768 at Satow, the daughter of August Wendt and Anna Maria Godemann.
These latter details were obtained from the IGI.
My hometown is a Lutheran stronghold having been settled by Germans from 1842. The majority were from the Prussian provinces of Brandenburg, Posen and Silesia. The next largest group were Mecklenburgers.
Greetings, Donald A. Ross


Name: chris keuscher <>
Date: 2004-06-05
Where are you located ? salem oregon
My g g grandfather edward keuscher came from schwerin and he also lived in wismar. Became a citizen in 1868. 1833 to 1904. Ever hear of any keuschers?

Name: angie kruse <>
Date: 2004-05-25
Where are you located ? granada, mn
thank you for the information.

Name: Audrey M. Kruse <>
Date: 2004-05-24
Where are you located ? Illinois
Interesting Web page :)

Name: Kim Nelson <>
Date: 2004-05-21
Where are you located ? Elgin, Illinois
I really enjoyed reading about your family. I am trying to connect to a Kruse Family in Illinois. All I have is Johann Kruse born in 1924 in Germany. Married Caroline Meyer and had a daughter named Anna Kruse (Kanis-married name)born in June 1865 in Russels Grove, Lake County, Illinois. Johann died in Long Grove, Lake county, Illinois in 1869. He is buried there. That is all I have to go on.

Name: Ruth Lemke <>
Date: 2004-05-05
Where are you located ? Spring Valley, MN
Very good website! I am looking for family information for August F.W. Lemke, Christian Hintze, Christian Grabau, Michael Kruegel, Johann Winter, Johann Poeschel, Michael Musolf, August Musolf, Louise Warmbier, Louise Mueller,Edward Kuehl. Thank you, Fritz

Name: Marvel Keith Kruse <>
Date: 2004-04-27
Where are you located ? Webster, SD
I am a retired Air Traffic Controller, living in St. Louis. My Grandfather was Henry Kruse from Luana, Postville, Monona, IA. He and my grandmother, Amanda Meyer, moved to a farm in Lily, SD in 1912. He is buried there and I eventually grew up on that farm after his death and my father took over the farm. I don't know if we are from the same family. I am not into the geneology much yet. He had brothers named Fred and George that I remember.

Name: Barbara L. Huggins <>
Date: 2004-04-26
Where are you located ? Elma, Washington, USA
Hello Frederick,
Your genealogy Website is outstanding and I congratulate you for all of your work. I am a great-granddaughter of Conrad (Coonrod) Fulmer and Genevra (the correct spelling) Hoover. I'm 69 years old and have been working on my genealogy for five years. (Not long in genealogical terms!)
I have Genevra's name on two US Federal Census and on the death certificate of her son Edward L. Fulmer, her youngest child and my grandfather. Her name was provided to the coroner by Ulysses S. Grant Hoover, one of Genevra's brothers. This was in 1914. My grandfather died at the age of thirty-five years. Altho I've seen her name spelled several places as you spell it, I believe that it is correctly spelled as her brother gave it to the coroner for Edwards' death certificate.
I hope to hear from you - I guess we're some kind of shirttail relatives!!
If I do not hear from you, I wish you continued good fortune with your genealogy. As I said, your work is outstanding and, if you don't mind, I will use some of the information you've gathered. I will certainly give you full credit for the information I use.

Best wishes, Barbara Huggins


Name: Gil Baumann <>
Date: 2004-04-14
Where are you located ? Niles Center,IL. (Now Skokie)
1800's German imigrants to Niles Center,Ill.,some from Mecklinberg.My grandparents were Baumann,Biesman,Kasten,and Poppenhagen.I work at St.Pauls cemetary in Skokie.If I can help you there,let me know.

Name: Dennis Alan Kruse <>
Date: 2004-04-08
Where are you located ? Dallas, Texas
Son of Noble Ivan (of Dexter, MO) and Doris Tolbert Kruse.

Name: Lisa Rhodes <>
Date: 2004-04-04
Where are you located ? Illinois
My grandma Laura Wolfe is on your site and I am trying to see how she is connected to everyone. But, I what I was most interested in your statement Jesus is Lord. I too am a Born again Christian and it is always so good to see others who are too.

Date: 2004-03-30
Where are you located ? Worcester, Ma
Have death certificate of Henry O DOERING died May 7,1910 IN HOLYOKE, MA. his wife is Emma. Evige .Parents were William Doering born in Germany, wife's name was Catherine HALIVACKS born in Germany Also found Emile their son.'s marriage to Delia Leduc St.Onge married Holyoke, Ma Feb 27, 1909

Name: Doris Frenck Emery <>
Date: 2004-03-22
Where are you located ? La Porte, Indiana
Great job....I earmarked ur site under Favorites. My great grandmother was Fredericke Kruse. Born Jan 30, 1824, married Joachim Frenck and immigrated to New York, arriving July 5, 1862.

Name: Karen J Sparks <>
Date: 2004-03-18
Where are you located ? Omaha Nebraska
Wanted to check out your sight after seeing you responded to my query. Thanks for any information.

Name: Carol Curtis <cjcdoc_8@msn,.com>
Date: 2004-03-16
Where are you located ? Oregon
Thank you, Fritz, for helping me find my "lost relatives"--I know more now about where my grandfather and his siblings came from in Germany. All the census information you got for me from Illinois is the main reason I found my "cousins". Not only did I find them but after searching over 25 years I found another cousin's sons that had also been searching for family. I had posted a query on and they replied! I only wish their father was still alive to see how happy everyone is at this discovery. I will keep you posted on my findings and thank you again.
God bless,


Name: Bob Scherpelz <>
Date: 2004-03-15
Where are you located ? Kennewick, WA USA
Great web site. Interesting to see my family name amidst the family tree.

Name: Joseph Eugene Eikerman <>
Date: 2004-03-08
Where are you located ? Missouri
my grandmother was Dorthea Kruse(Feb.27,1827 in Lippe Detmold Germany)who married in 1852 J.Heinrih C.Mellies B:July 21,1826,who in Lippe Detmold had a daughter Henritta(Born in 1854 in Lippe Detmold) who came to U.S. with her family in 1866 via New Orleans,married in 1875 Herman H. Eikermann B:1854 in Lippe Detmold who had a son Fredrick Wilhelm Eikermann B:1886 in Ryors Missouri and went by Fred William Eikerman who was my father.

Name: Jacob Ferris <>
Date: 2004-03-03
Where are you located ? canada-living in utah
i was just searching some uncles of mine, and i found your site. My mothers maiden name is kruse, and her father is Russel Kruse and he lives in Auburn Indian. my mother told me her family was from germany, and i was wondering if there is any connection between us. im not sure what russels fathers name was, but i know his sons.

Russel has 5 sons Dean, David, Derald, Dennis, Daniel, and he had two daughters. his son Dean is a huge name in Indiana. he owns kruse international, a antique and classic car auction company. david and derald are both lawyers and have a company called kruse and kruse. my uncle david also is the one of the family that takes care of all the geneology, you may know him? anyway

any information would be cool. thanks
jacob ferris


Name: Ronald L.Kruse II <>
Date: 2004-02-27
Where are you located ? CHICAGO ILL,
GRAND FATHER IS FRANK LOU KRUSE from chicago, lives in so. cali....

Name: lila Neiman Arroyo <>
Date: 2004-02-26
Where are you located ? In the Thumb of Michigan, USA
I wrote you before, I am taking a trip to Germany the 29th of March, It is scary as I know nothing aboutit. We are going to go to Mecklenburg first and see if I can find relatives.
Since I wrote to you I found William was born 26 of May 1882 in Germany the son of Carl Niemann and Anna Kometh, the other Niemanns in this area came from Mecklenburg so that is why I am headed that way. May try Spornitz, I have a microfilm coming from the LDS so it may tell me something.
How close are you to Mecklenburg? Lila


Name: Dorothy Marsh <>
Date: 2004-02-25
Where are you located ? Oregon u.s.a.
Mr.Kruse my name is Dorothy Witt Marsh. I found My grangfather and great grandfather on your web page. Can you tell me if we are related ? My great grand father and grand mother is Johann Witt and Augusta Rade. My grandfather is there son Henry Witt. I can not find out who the parents of Johann are . I just found out today when they came to the US. and what ship they came on.
Please write back when you can. Hope you can help me. Thank you for your time. Hope to hear from you soon.

My email adress is


Name: Lubin Kruse <>
Date: 2004-02-03
Where are you located ? Wichita Falls TX
I am 21 years old, originaly from Wichita Falls Texas. My Grandfather, Frank Kruse was born in Dexter MO. around 1924. He was in the Royal Canadian Air Force unrill he was 20, then the USAF. untill retired. Didnt know if there was any relation. I am thinking of starting to research my family history.

Thanks for your time.

Lubin Kruse


Name: Dorothy Delaney <>
Date: 2004-02-02
Where are you located ? Michgian & Florida
Hi Fritz, I want to thank you so much for the picture you put on your web page of the Allemannia. That is the ship my GGGrandparents came over on from Holstein. I printed it out and it will go in my family history book. Their names were Joachin and Friedrike VOCK. And daughter Wilhelmine. They arrived in New York 17 April 1869. They settled in Saginaw, Michigan where there is a large amount of German people. My other German ancestors were BARTH, KREMER, and GRUTZMACHER. They all came from Neukloster, Schwerin, Mecklenburg. Thank you again and good luck in your research. God Bless. Dot

Name: Susan Gossiaux <>
Date: 2004-02-02
Where are you located ? New Orleans
My GGGGrandfather was Adolph Kruse. His son was Adolph Mecklenburg, whose mother was Maria Mecklenburg.
Do you have Maria's son on the genealogy?


Name: tara mahurin <>
Date: 2004-02-01
Where are you located ? florida/germay
nice web page

Name: Kim Fitz-Richard <>
Date: 2004-01-30
Where are you located ? Rockford, IL
Frederick I just wanted to say Thank you Thank you Thank you so much for the Glander info you provided me. Thanks to you I got my uncle to open up alittle and tell my sister an I a little about my grandfather and grandmother and even managed to get a little info on ggranfather and ggrandmother. I found that my grandmathers last name is spelled Linzmeyer but my uncle is unsure if this is her married or maiden name because the two children that were rarely talked about are from her previous marriage. I also found that he fathers name is Adolph and that she had brothers Rodger and Harold. To hopefully shed some light and trace more of her roots I have sent off for a marriage lic. from he marriage to my grandfather. I also managed to get a birth year (1905) and death year (1957) so that is more than I knew. Thank you

As for my grandfathers side I got my uncle to confirm all parent and sibling information and have now been able to add birth/death dates to my records for them as well.They only thing we have not figured out yet is who Rose belongs to. You said that when the immigrated they had their granddaughter Rose.

Well again Thank you you are awesome!!!:o)

Anymore information you find please pass it on I appreciate it more than you know.

Thank you again and again KIM


Name: amy swick <yamikruse@hotmail>
Date: 2004-01-26
Where are you located ? green bay wi
hello kruse family,my dad was henry kruse,my grandfather was ray kruse,my ggrandfather was henry c. kruse, my gggrandfather was conrad kruse married to mary a. heller, he was born april 15,1837 in mecklenburg.mary was from prussia,born january 21,1847.this is as much as i can find so far i just learned how to use a computer.hope i can figure out how to use e-mail. keep jesus close

Name: Marilou Kruse <>
Date: 2004-01-22
Where are you located ? Douglaston, New York
Beautiful history and photos!

My husband, Gerard Kruse, was wondering about his family on his father's side since he lost contact with them when his father, Gerard John Kruse, passed away. I decided to surf the internet and found your website.


Name: Celia Marie Kruse <>
Date: 2004-01-17
Where are you located ? Originally California, now in Chicago area
Enjoyed going through your site. Much appreciation for the extensive reseach you have completed. My great-great- grandfather, Peter Kruse, was from Baden, Germany and his son (my great grandfather, William Christoph came to United States with his wife Elisea Wilma Kemper sometime in the late 1890's). Would like to know more about the Kruse's from Baden. Plan to visit this Fall 2004. Your site was an inspiration. -CK

Name: Donita Barkley (Herbst) <>
Date: 2004-01-16
Where are you located ? Overland Park KS
I was married to Edith Fulmer's grandson, Dr. Stephen Herbst, who currently resides in the Missouri Ozarks. I am researching the Fulmer/Lacy families for my sons and just found your site which is full of information I needed! Thank you!

Name: John William Kruse <>
Date: 2004-01-16
Where are you located ? Cameron, MO
Very interesting , and very well done. I was looking for the Kruse Family Crest when I found your site. Interseting to see how many of the names match names in my family. My grand father was born John Henry Kruse, November 21, 1882. First born in his family in States, after arriving from Germany. Great Grand Father was Johann. My father Merle was raised near St. Elmo, IL. I was born in 1952, and my son John Matthew was born in 1974.

Still looking fao a picture of family crest if you can help.


Name: richard kruse <>
Date: 2004-01-15
Where are you located ? canada,calgary,alberta

I am richard kruse,i seen the coat of arms, and I was wundering if u could send me an e-mail on what it mean if it is no probem.I would be gashily apresheated if you would.

thank you for your time,

richard kruse of calgary,alberta


Name: Gladys Stelter Rogers <>
Date: 2004-01-08
Where are you located ? Dayton, Texas
Wow, your Peter Koppelmann is from the same area as my Grandparents. Wish there was a connection.

1) Peter Koppelmann - Sophie Schultz (Great Great Grandparents)
2) Peter W. Ludwig Koppelmann - Sophie Maria Christine Stube (Great Grandparents)
3) Louise Franziska Johanna Koppelmann - Richard Gustav Stelter, Sr. (my grandparents)


Name: janet morey <>
Date: 2004-01-03
Where are you located ? Algonquin, IL
I just read about your trip to Germany on the internet. It was fascinating and I enjoyed it and the pictures very much. I am trying to trace my grandparents on my mother's family side(last name Wiese)that came from Hamburg in 1866 on the John Bertram from Gaedebehn, Mechlenberg-Schwerin Germany. In America, they lived in Fond du Lac County, WI for several years, then died in the town of Forestville in Door County, WI. They were farmers and as a grandchild I grew up, until age 11, on their son, Louis Wiese's farm, in Appleton, WI. I belong to the internet site, but have not been able to trace back before William, Louis'(Ludwig)father. The boat manifest listed William (Wilhelm)as coming at that time with his parents who were L.J.J. Wiese, age 73 and Marie.J.,age 65 and two brothers. The Wiese's were Evangelical Lutheran, so your new list of Evangelical churches in that area interested me as a possible way to look for more information. But I do not know how to access those church records. William or Wilhelm was 25 when he left Germany. His wife Friederike was also 25, so I am hoping there will be records to be found in one of the Lutheran churches in that area of Germany. I would appreciate any help you could give me on how to research some more. Thank you very much for your help.

Sincerely, Janet Morey
P.S. Coincidentally, my husband Fred Morey is from Baraboo, WI and my sister-in-law's sister was married to Bob Kruse before he died. My husband's parents were Fritz and Vernice Morey, who also lived in Baraboo.


Name: Gary L. Pegelow <>
Date: 2003-12-24
Where are you located ? Born in Wisconsin
I am a family researcher for Pegelows, Binders, Bellachs, and Büchners. All families originally settled in Dodge County and branched out from there.

Love your website. It is well done.


Name: john h kruse <>
Date: 2003-12-22
Where are you located ? calgary,ab, canada
this is a great site for the Kruse name, thank you .

Name: John Henry kruse <>
Date: 2003-12-22
Where are you located ? Calgary Alberta ,Canada
I am happy to see this Kruse web site, you should be proud of yourself for the interest you have shown in your history. I am the great grandson of Jurgen hienrich kruse and Anna maria Jons.{from Leck,Seewangacker,Germany 1881}My grandfather immigrated to america, Illonios, he married johanna burmiester from Rock island,Illinois. They then moved to Swift Current,Saskatchewen,Canada. Relatives, heinrich koch and margarethe kruse from hutton,germany.

Name: Diane Zimmer Forys <>
Date: 2003-12-22
Where are you located ? St. Clair County
Site looks GREAT! Just thought I would stop by and say "Hello" and "Happy Holidays"!



Name: Gene Bender <>
Date: 2003-12-13
Where are you located ? Salem, Oregon
Dear Fritz,
What a grand web site you have, and how fortunate to be able to trace your ancestors as far back as you have.
I have also been attempting to trace my Ancestors in order to develop a family tree. So far on the Bender branch I have established the following:
My Grandfather Georg Adam b 1861,& G Grandfather Johann Georg b 1830, emigrated from Kratzke, Saratov, Russia in 1876 to Russell, Kansas. My GG Grandfather Georg Phillipp b 1806 was born and died in Kratzke.
My GGG Grandfather, Johann Christoph Bender b 1747 in Nailos, Wittenberg, Mecklenberg, Germany emigrated June 18, 1766 aboard the ship SS Deperle to Oranienburg, Russia (just above St. Petersberg), His first Port of debarcation. Then on to Kratzke in the spring of 1767. About 1830 he died in Kratzke.
I have hit a stumbling block with my GGG Grandfather Johann. I have not been able to locate the town of Nailos on the map. It may not be spelled exactly right.
However, all my Ancestors from Johann to the present day have been Lutheran. Therefore, he would certainly have been included in the Chuirch records of some Lutheran church in Nailos, Wittenberg.
He married a young lady from a family that emigrated with him on the ship SS Deperle. He was 18,and single,she was 10 and a child at the time of departure. Her name was Anna Rosina Sommer b 1756 and would become my GGG Grandmother.
She was with her parents on the trip, Johann Phillipp Sommer, and Maria Barbara Mnu.
I believe, but am not certain, that they also were from Nailos. I am quite certain that they were from Mecklenburg.
But, I have so far been unable to trace them to Mecklenburg in the German records, just as I have failed to do so for Johann.
The Trinity Lutheran Church records in Kratzke show Johann Christoph being from Nailos, Wittenberg, The same records show Anna Rosina as being from Mecklenberg. I assume from the same home town. Wittenberg (or Nailos if it exists separate from Wittenberg). Most likely it has been absorbed.
If you could give me some assistance in tracing my GGG Grandfather and GGG Grandmother, or steering me in the right direction I would be most grateful.


Name: Tobias <>
Date: 2003-12-09
Where are you located ? Kägsdorf
Hi my name is tobias, i'm out of Kägsdorf. Sorry if my English isn't very well. I noticed you when i was searching the Keyword "Kägsdorf" at .
May be you can write an Email or something.


Name: Betty A. Dols <>
Date: 2003-11-30
Where are you located ? Shakopee, MN
What a wonderful site! Makes me wish I had a Kruse line. I am researching Bremer/Broemer/Bramer and Wendt and Stemple families in Mecklenburg.

Name: H. I. Lewis <>
Date: 2003-11-27
from? my grandfather Hinrich Jacob Theodor Kruse came from So. Dithsmarschen, Shleswig-Holstein, a son of Hinrich and Elizaberth Frederike (Wilkerling) Kruse. Settled in Colorado, Gilpin Co. and Denver.

Name: Dick Kruse <>
Date: 2003-11-12
Where are you located ? Minnesota

Name: Mike Kruse <>
Date: 2003-11-08
Where are you located ? thunder bay ont canada
hey im just looken 4 a famlie tree

Name: Janet Rudd <>
Date: 2003-11-02
Where are you located ? Illinois
Just heard about your site from my cousin Georgia - we are searching for info about my great grandfather Henry Barnes b. in Mecklinberg 1850 and emigrated to America about age 8.
I bookmarked your site. It is exciting to find more and more friends and relatives who share interest in our heritage. - Janet


Name: Becky Barrow <>
Date: 2003-10-27
Where are you located ? Kirbyville, Texas
I am doing some research on some old Milk bottels that I found that came from a Kruse Dairy, they seem to be fairly old, I have loved reading and searching thru the family records that you have made avaliable thru the web.

Name: roy kruse <>
Date: 2003-10-15
Where are you located ? calgary,alberta,canada
great website,certan to vist again.



Name: Johannes Ewers <>
Date: 2003-10-09
Where are you located ? Australia
Very interesting. I am looking for my 2nd great grandmother Agnes Kruse, married in 1845 to Johann Joseph Ewers in Munster Stadt, westfalen, Preussen. Are we related? They lived in Iserlohn, Westfalen, Germany. My great grandfather Theodor Johann Friedrich Bernard Emil was one of their sons, born in Iserlohn in 1854.

Name: Barbara Bernitt Hacker <>
Date: 2003-10-06
Where are you located ? Indiana
In looking at surname "Bernitt"
1930 Census, Marion County, Indianapolis, Indiana

Charles Bernitt: Birthplace Germany Wife: Charlotte
Children: Carl, Emil, Paul, Frieda

Paul was my Father. I did not know the others.

This may be of no interest to you. It was nice to see the Bernitt name.

Thank you and best wishes.


Name: Ruth Odegard <>
Date: 2003-10-04
Where are you located ? Blaine, Mn
Thank you for your reply. I have been told the info by a family member that Maria Sievert was born near Gustrow, Germany. She had a sibling named Johannes Sievert, who came over later from the same area. These people were Lutheran.
Christian Schmidt, Sr. was said to have come from Wartin
but it possibly could be Warin. I have little to go on except that his father was Joachim Schmidt. With such common names how can one be certain that we have the right persons.
I have searched Germans from America and have not found Maria Sievert nor Christian Schmidt,Sr. I ordered film from Gustrow and did not find Maria as of yet.
Any suggestions? These people are my brick walls.


Date: 2003-09-30
Where are you located ? BORN- FREMONT OHIO

Name: R Shane Kruse <>
Date: 2003-09-28
Where are you located ? Beamsville,On Canada
Have understood my great Grandfather,s father sailed from
Arhus in Denmark to Halifax Nova Scotia.


Name: Trudy Rumbucher <>
Date: 2003-09-18
Where are you located ? Kempten/Allgaeu now Canada
your homepage and apperent research is commendable & I am certain that I will learn a great deal from it. As a child I read 2 postcards from a relative poss. a brother or cousin of my grandfather & mailed from the USA, one from New York the 2nd from another state,i.e. N. or S Dacota & being a cowboy state(my only memory). When my grandfather, Joseph Rumbucher past away my aunt destroyed everything she could not use. My grandparents resided in Kempten/Allgaeu where I grew up & historically the family comes from Schwaben-Wuerttemberg. My research study into my family members history located a Josephine Rumbucher, Widow, age 43, at the 1880 US Census.
best wishes, Trudy


Name: Donna <>
Date: 2003-09-15
Where are you located ? Niles, IL
Fritz - Your site is impressive! I am so grateful for your expertise and generosity recently in doing the "legwork" and sharing your finds regarding my family: Langfeld and Siemsen. I see we also have another common family name: HINZE. And even yet another more important common family: JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!

Name: Tom Zetterstrom <>
Date: 2003-09-11
Where are you located ? Diamond Point, NY
Your site is very interesting.

Name: Dick Dempsey <>
Date: 2003-09-08
Where are you located ? Seal Beach, California
My grandchildren and son-in-law Axel Koester have 500 years of Neukirchen roots. The Koesters own 400 acres near Penzin. We are tracing similar families. I have much data back to and beyond 1800.I'm tracing KOESTER, WILLERT, THIELCK, ROSS....

Name: Pat Barilow <>
Date: 2003-09-07
Where are you located ? Palatine, Il.
My Great Aunt Daisy married a Robert Kruse in Rushville, Ill. Any of your Kruse relatives?

Name: Dorothy Frazer <>
Date: 2003-09-02
Where are you located ? NJ
sent e-mail to explain

Name: Patrick McHenry <>
Date: 2003-08-28
Where are you located ? Wayne County, IL
I currently live in Asheboro North Carolina. I am a direct decendent of Anna Lynch and William Wolfe. Just wanted to say hello to a cousin. Enjoyed your site.

Thanks, Pat


Name: Barbara Morgan <>
Date: 2003-08-25
Where are you located ? Chicago, Illinois
Hi Fritz,
I am a second cousin to Carol Hermann. Carol is doing the research on the Lehmann family tree....this is so wonderful!
I agree with you that Jesus IS Lord!
Your web page is just beautiful and I am enjoying reading about our distant relatives.
Thank you for your correspondence with Carol and all of the information you have provided.
Barbara Morgan


Date: 2003-08-22
Where are you located ? Canada (Iowa) (Illinois)
You are most likely a relative, but I have no information regarding my grandfather, other than he was born in Illinois and I had an uncle born in Iowa.

Gerry Kruse


Name: Jerry Mecklenburg <>
Date: 2003-08-15
Where are you located ? Chicago,IL
My GGGGrandfather was Adolph Kruse Would like to talk to you. Married Maria Mecklenburg and had to children. They were from Goldebee, Germany Thank You Jerry Mecklenburg

Name: Dina Scheel <>
Date: 2003-08-14
Where are you located ? Los Altos, California
I am researching my husband's great-grandfather. I haven't been able to prove who his parents were, but there is a **VERY** strong probability it is to Charles Scheel, who lived in Buffalo and lists Mecklenburg as his ancestry. Thanks for providing such a wonderful resource as to what/where/and how to do research there! I will let you know if I find a positive connection to Mecklenburg!

Name: Dana Heintzelman Strunk <>
Date: 2003-08-14
Where are you located ? Missouri,USA
Curiosity got the best of me and i was interested in finding my family history.... My grandfather was Glennon Daniel Kruse.... i know there is alot of german in my background but also some Cherokee in the Kruse bloodline somewhere and i was trying to find out more about my indian background.

Name: Jürgen Peterfeld <>
Date: 2003-08-13
Where are you located ? Brisbane, Australia
Very interesting! When I get some more time I hope to study your site more carefully. Well done.

Name: George Zentner <>
Date: 2003-08-08
Where are you located ? Panama City, FL
You have compiled and very nicely produced an excellent web-site.


George Zentner (retired)
Panama City, FL

p.s.--I contact you by e-Mail shortly


Name: Sue Wagenaar <>
Date: 2003-08-02
Where are you located ? Wisconsin Rapids,Wisconsin
You have a wonderful history. I have begun to look for relatives and I see from what you have accomplished that I have a long way to go. I enjoyed reading the history of your family.

Date: 2003-07-28
Where are you located ? CHICAGO IL AREA


Name: Piet Cruysen <>
Date: 2003-07-24
Where are you located ? Oeffelt, The Netherlands
an interesting site.

Name: Albert & Violet Kruse <>
Date: 2003-07-15
Where are you located ? Stettler, Alberta, Canada
Could you possibly be related to us? I found your web page very interesting.

Name: Cecilia Gajan Archer <>
Date: 2003-07-08
Where are you located ? Maryland
Very thorough and interesting Family History, My great grandmother was a Weibke Kruse and I am interested In researching the Kruse name.

Name: claudia <>
Date: 2003-07-04
Where are you located ? germany / mecklenburg

great website. i found it while searching for the name koop.
i would be happy if you contact me :)


Name: Roy Wayne Shiflet <>
Date: 2003-07-04
Where are you located ? Laurel, Maryland
I am still going through your website. I am doing research on my grandfather, William Dircks who was born in Neukirchen on 8/28/1894.
I will contact you shortly, hoping you can provide me with some help.


Name: jackie champagne <>
Date: 2003-06-28
Where are you located ? new orleans,la
from the family of carl sievers,hanover germany 1838

Name: Harold Allen Kruse <>
Date: 2003-06-25
Where are you located ? Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Very ineresting site!! I appreciate the time you have spent putting it together as I do not know where my grandparents originated. My grandfather was raised in the Daysland Alberta area and moved to Edmonton. My grandparents (Fredrick and Pauline Kruse) died when I was quite young and my father never talked much about his family history. Maybe there is a connection some where, and some one knows more. Thanks again!!

Name: Frederick Ray Kruse <>
Date: 2003-06-24
Where are you located ? Tulsa, Oklahoma
I enjoyed your website. I don't know much at all about my Kruse heritage. It would be very interesting to find out who my ancestors were. Viewing your website has inspired me to begin that journey.

Fred Kruse


Name: Jennifer Kimberly Kruse <>
Date: 2003-06-11
Where are you located ? Bay Area, California
It is exciting to read about other Kruse families. I am not sure if I am related to you. It would be very cool if I were. My grand-father Friedrich Kruse immigrated to America after WWII and accomplished great things here. But it seems my Kruse line came over much later that the one that you wrote about on this site. I believe my grand-father is from Hamburg; however, I do not know much about my Kruse side of the family. Thanks for the fun site, anyway.

Name: Myrna Helen Sprecker <>
Date: 2003-06-06
Where are you located ? Saskatoon SK Canada
My family of SPRECHER/SPRECKERs originally came from Germany, but I am in the early stages of finding out where...

Name: Thomas Howard Kruse <>
Date: 2003-05-28
Where are you located ? New Richmond,IN
Great website! Grandfather:Harold(Pat)Henry Kruse

Date: 2003-05-26
Where are you located ? BUFFALO N.Y.

Name: Kathleen Hart <>
Date: 2003-05-20
Where are you located ? Staten Island, NYC
I think my family is from Mecklenberg too - have you seen any references to Sellenthin ?

Name: Brandy Gail Kruse Spears <>
Date: 2003-05-16
Where are you located ? Livingston, Texas
i think this is the coolest thing i have ever seen. Thank you.

Name: MarleneMarieLange,Rose <>
Date: 2003-05-07
Where are you located ? Splendora,Texas77372
Enjoyed viewing your family history. I am looking for my Dad's history .He was born in Rochester, New York,in Sept 1896.
He lived with a Kruse family in Humble,Texas in early 1900's.
Joshua Sterling Lange.
ThankYou Marlene Lange, Rose


Name: Jytte Olsen <>
Date: 2003-04-26
Where are you located ? Copenhagen, Denmark
I continue:
Peter Friederich Theodor Kruse - born 2.sep 1810 and his wife Maria Sophia Elisabeth Schünning
They had five more children: Ida Friederike (Maria) Dorothea 22-05-1846 - Friederich Johann Christoph 15-05-1848
- Sophia Friederike Dorothea 03-06-1850
- Louise Christine Anna Caroline 27-11-1855
- Ludvig Christian Johann 23-07-1859
Peter Friederich Theodor Kruse parents were Christian Jacob Kruse and Ida Maria Lahnen (they lived in Krassow)
If anyone decends from any of thesw people, please contact me


Name: Jytte Olsen <>
Date: 2003-04-26
Where are you located ? Copenhagen, Denmark
I´m looking for persons connected to my family:
Grandfather Friederich Johann Kruse - born 8.sep 1878 in Lûbow (close to Wismar in Mecklenburg Schwerin)
His mother Dorothea Sophia Kruse - born 28.apr 1853
Her parents Peter Friederich Theodor Kruse - born


Name: Tommy G. Emmons <>
Date: 2003-04-19
Where are you located ? Salado, Texas
Thanks again for your assistance in finding my wife's ancestors, Scharnberg, in Mecklenburg. You seem to have done extensive work and I applaude your results. It is people like you and me sharing information that will benefit future generations of researchers. Tommy

Name: Douglas Oltmanns <>
Date: 2003-04-05
Where are you located ? Cleveland, Ohio, USA
My people are also from Mecklenburg-Strelitz or Schwerin (unsure) and my GrGr Grandfather came to the USA through Hamburg in 1868 directly to Cleveland. All people with my name in this state are from this one family. There are the most Oltmanns in the states of Nebraska and Iowa. Good Luck in your genealogical search. I do not think I can help you with your side however. If you have ever heard of my family name over there now, let me know. I have never been to Germany and especially after the unification, as I was told my family was from the eastern section (Staffenhagen) but I could get no information. Danke!

Name: Diane Floring <>
Date: 2003-03-28
Where are you located ? Beech Grove, Indiana usa
Thank you for all of your help and suggestions. You've been the only one to ever answer, it is much appreciated.

Name: Carol <>
Date: 2003-03-25
Where are you located ? Portland, Oregon
Hello, Great site you have here! I am wondering if your Fritz line is connected to mine? My Grandmother Rosamunda Caroline Fritz Koehler born in Mendhausen, Romhild, Sachsen Meiningen had a Uncle August Fritz who lived and farmed in Wells Mills, Richardson County, Nebraska as listed in the 1870 census. He gave his birthplace as Baden. I have heard that that is not allways the case. Sometimes the question where are you from was answered by the name of the port of departure in Germany. His children later gave Berlin as his birthplace.


Name: Tracy Packingham <>
Date: 2003-03-22
Where are you located ? Beautiful Duluth
Cool site, Fritz! I didn't know you went to Germany. You'll have to tell me all about it. I bet it sure was interesting!

Thanks again for your help and great talking with you again! It's been too long!!


Name: Carol Mociulewski <>
Date: 2003-03-21
Where are you located ? Clinton Township, MI
My home was Fort Wayne, Indiana, and I am just starting my genealogy research. Great-grandfather was Ferdinand Kruse, and I don't know where in Germany he came from. Looking for help.

Name: Trina Forsythe <>
Date: 2003-03-19
Where are you located ? Upper Moutere,New Zealand
Yes, I loved your web page. It seems that my Kruse is not your Kruse but it was worth a look at. You bet Jesus is Lord. I live 3 mins walk from St Pauls Lutheran Church where I worship.

Name: Viola Joens-Stangl <vistangl>
Date: 2003-03-16
Where are you located ? Knoxville, Iowa
Hi, I have just finished the genealogy on Joseph Stangl family. It is my husbands family and I found much of my information through roots web and my family genealogy from Utah. I am working on the Joens family now. That's me. I found my great grandfather through Ged. If you find anything about Joens or Kroeger I would appreciate anything you could send me. They all came from Germany.

Name: Sheri Paulick <>
Date: 2003-03-10
Where are you located ? WI
It's always an exciting pleasure to find distant relatives and share info back and forth. Thanks Fritz for contacting me. I was glad to be of help. Thank-you for your help with the info and program you shared with me. :-) Very Nice piece of work here. I wish you continued success.
Some of my family lines: Doering, Sass, Dehler, Allen, Potter, Bliss, St. Ores, Otis, Rose, Ball, McIntyre, Lobdell, Sefkar, Sly, Small, Clumpner, Duddleston, Olson, Jensen.


Name: Richard J Koop <>
Date: 2003-03-06
Where are you located ? Raytown, MO
My family came from Bunde and Leer area of Ostfriesland. Nice book. Good job.

Name: carol mckenzie <>
Date: 2003-03-04
Where are you located ? york ne
I would like your Hinze info, will share, thanks

Name: Janet Nevling <>
Date: 2003-03-01
Where are you located ? Monticello, IL
Glad we have connected. You are certainly a very young-looking person to have delved so deeply into your family history. I didn't start this quest until I was 55. Hope we can clean up the Persinger family history.

Name: Dorothy Marsh <>
Date: 2003-02-27
Where are you located ? Falls Cith Neb.
My father is Marvin son of Henery Witt I would like to know more. Where do you come into the family at? I have so many guestions i don,t know where to start. So will sign the guest book and hope to hear from you.

Name: Dorothy Marsh <>
Date: 2003-02-27
Where are you located ? Falls Cith Neb.
My father is Marvin son of Henery Witt I would like to know more

Name: J. Johnson <>
Date: 2003-02-20
Your website is really looking good. We have been in contact before...I am a descendent of Johann Joachim Heinrich Buller m. Wihlelmine Ilsabe Sophia Kruse...but am descendent of his 3rd? wife in Wolcottsville. I really have no new information for you. Would you like a picture of his grave stone? I also have a picture of his daughter's wedding, but I would ask you not reproduce that on the web at this time. I can now scan :-).

Name: Robin Getzoff <>
Date: 2003-02-18
Where are you located ? North Wales, PA 19454-3753
Dear Fritz: Your Aunt Phyllis and her cousin Romaine have been talking about all the wonderful information you have assembled but wait, they have more stories to tell! Stay tuned for all the recollections you engendered from the Census lists you published. The age of your great grandfather Johann, etc.
On another note, my youngest son, Greg, finally got a "Hard Line" (permanent assignment) with Mesa Airlines. He is a Captain on a Beechcraft 1900 now flying out of Garden City KS to Goodland, MCI etc. Will be stationed in Goodland. Mesa is the owner and operator of USAir Express. Talk to you later,got to go dig out of some more snow 22" so far.


Name: marcia worthy pero <>
Date: 2003-02-16
Where are you located ? tampa.lutz, florida
originally frm michigan city, in and chicago, il
looking for surnames nordyke, waite, worthy and souers frm indiana and illinois

great website

marcia pero


Date: 2003-02-14
Where are you located ? PENNSYLVANIA




Name: Phil Kruse <>
Date: 2003-02-13
Where are you located ? Arizona
My father was born and raised in Chicago. His mother my grandmother died two years ago at the age of 100. My father also died a few years ago and I have always looked for resources on my family origin. Thank you for this site.

Name: Phil Kruse <>
Date: 2003-02-13
Where are you located ? Arizona
My father was born and raised in Chicago. His mother my grandmother died two years ago at the age of 100.

Name: lester kruse <>
Date: 2003-02-06
Where are you located ? iowa to california
Fritz,great site, I enjoyed it greatly and someday can only hope to have anything even close to the information you have

great work.


Name: vandeweghe minne nadia <>
Date: 2003-01-31
Where are you located ? grande-synthe (flandre française)
bonjour à vous, je viens de "visiter" votre site sur google suite à une réponse de votre part sur gedlink. je recherchedes renseignements su petrus minne et sa fille maria de koolscamp vers 1613 et 1630 je n'y ai pas réussi malgrè votre site très bien fait, félicitation. pourriez me donner plus de détails pour les avoir si cela ne vous dérange pas encore merci vous pouvez me répondre sur wanadoo ou sur gedlink

Name: Lisa Harms <>
Date: 2003-01-29
Where are you located ? California

I came across your site while looking up the Platt family. My 7G Grandfather was the George Andreas Platt that came over from Germany and settled in Baraboo, WI. He son Johann Georg Platt (George) who died in California is mine line. His wife’s name was Lucy (?) and they had the children listed and one more. Their daughter Sarah married George W. Steventon and had 4 children. Their daughter Lucy married Gordon Smart and had two daughters. Their oldest daughter Florence married Arthur Weaver and had my mom.

I tried to find your connection to the Platt family as I would like more information about them. I so enjoyed all the love and dedication you put into your work!

My research started over coffee with a friend this Christmas. She had just watched Lawrence of Arabia and was telling me about it. I told her that my family myth was that we were somehow related to him. This started my search- (which I think is the Smart line).

The Platt family is only one of the lines that I am looking into. This is my first posting on someone’s web page. I am so impressed with your work that I have something to strive for.

If you or anyone would like to share information about the Platt line, let me know. I hope you are able to respond to the Platt connection and maybe have more info. on them. - Lisa


Name: Michelle Coats <>
Date: 2003-01-26
Where are you located ? Granite City,Illinois
We were looking at your family tree and have some info on Elmer Roman. All we know is that he did die in 1903. He was 18 and drown while ice skating on a frozen pond. We do not know the exact date however, we can not find it.

Name: Michelle Coats <>
Date: 2003-01-25
Where are you located ? Granite City, IL
You are not going to believe this but my husband and I recently bought the home that John and Libertha(Beck)Wedig built in 1894. The home is the place your Great Grandma Libertha Freiburg grew up in after her mother Rosa passed away. We have a short book written by Mata Roman Friend
(daughter of Augusta and Walter Roman)which is called "Fond Rememberance" it tells mostly of her memories as a child here at the house. We have some of the history on the home and have been looking for more that is how I came across your web site. The home is located in Granite City IL, just right across the river from St Louis, MO. It is a large home with 5 bedrooms and many other rooms, the home is in need of many repairs but is still wonderful. We hope to restore it to the best of our ability. That is why we are looking for more history in order to find pictures and such to try and put it as close as possible to the orginal look. I have to go now I'm glad I found this, Michelle


Name: Karen Fyock <>
Date: 2003-01-22
Where are you located ? Freeport, Il
I was interested both in the Kruse surname and in the trip info on Mecklenburg. We are looking for info on the family of Wilhelm Kruse and his sister Wilhelmina Friedericke Carolina Kruse. In her obit, it said she was born in Krenzow, Brandenburg, Germany. This is the only place that we have found mention of a German location. She was born in 1844 and married in Whiteside County, Illinois in 1865.
My family that is from Mecklenburg is the Luttich family. They lived in Vietow and came in shifts to Illinois and Richland County, Wisconsin. Someday I would love to go to Germany - but in the meantime your pictures can give the rest of us a "Feel" for the area. Thanks!


Name: Pat Merritt <>
Date: 2003-01-20
Where are you located ? Marengo, IL
Enjoyed your website. My ancestors are from Germany and some are from the Schwerin Mecklinburg area and their last name is Jurs. My gg-grandfather was Johann Jurs b.1825, his wife was Maria Mutschow [Mutchow] b.1824. I also have gg-grandparents from Esssen, Westphalia,Germany. Heinrich Weihe [Weiske] b. 1838 and his wife Sophia Shaefer b. 1838. I would appreciate any information that you may have to help me in my research.



Name: Linda B. (Knaak) Addlesperger <>
Date: 2003-01-19
Hello Fritz :)

I want to thank you once again for finding my Knaak family for me. You have made me one very happy person. :)

Your "Kruse family from Germany" web site is outstanding. I have looked all through it. Also, the picture of you with your dog, is exactly what my dog looks like. My dog is a red golden retriever too.

Thank you sincerely,


Name: Lorraine E. Cole Noller-Albrecht <>
Date: 2003-01-19
Where are you located ? Wichita, Kansas U.S.A.
In researching the Noller history there is a Johann Fritz,who m. Elizabeth Dorothea Noller.
I am needing the address for a church or archive in Frauenmarck, Mecklenberg, Schwerin or Meetzen or of that area, if you know of these towns from 1850's, I am in need of information on the Hoffner families of that area. I would
be most grateful for any suggestions etc.


Name: Jeanne Bender Fizell <>
Date: 2003-01-18
Where are you located ? born in Michigan live in Kansas
What a wonderful job! Very organized and well written. I have known others with the Kruse surname from Michigan. I will refer them to your website.

Name: Mary Geistler Priebe <>
Date: 2003-01-18
Where are you located ? Plymouth Mi, west of Detroit
After 4 Feb. 2003, I'll be at for another 2 months. Then I'll update my new and final addy. This is a wonderful website. I've found so many familiar names. My ancestors were mostly from Prussia, but the name Pommern is on all of them. But the best of all is knowing from childhood a 'Mecklenburg' boy whose ancestors were the 'Mecklenburgs', according to his son, from his father. Hope to hear from you. Sincerely, Mary Priebe

Name: donald dust <>
Date: 2003-01-18
Where are you located ? amherst n.y.
the dust family has origins in this area of germany. nice job on your site! don

Name: Joyce L. Roddy <>
Date: 2003-01-17
Where are you located ? Kentucky
Nice site you have here. Joyce

Date: 2003-01-17
Where are you located ? NEW JERSEY,U.S.A.
you have a very nice site it is good that you were able to find all your family information. I am researching my Beck/Buerk families who immagrated from Germany. I wish I can be as forunate as you have been in your research.


Name: Ann Croy Alban <>
Date: 2003-01-16
Where are you located ? Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
I have a friend with the last name Kruse. I am researching the name of Kroemer and Arber.

Name: Kelly Schaff <>
Date: 2003-01-16
Where are you located ? Liverpool, NY
Dear Mr. Kruse,
Beautiful pictures on your site! Very enjoyable; and how great for you to have so much information. My situation with Mecklenburg is not so fortunate! My great grandfather's last name was Michaels in the US; except for church records here in Syracuse, in these, his last name is Michel. Our family has a German military pipe with the name 'Wilhelm Michel' on it; and it stated that he was stationed in Stralsund in 1876. Believe it was given to my great grandfather Gustav Michel/Michaels by Wilhelm; problem is no one knows who Wilhelm is! And my great grandmother was a Woldt; her brother indicated that he was born in Schneidemuhl; which is quite some distance from Stralsund. I do have several Pommern bibles and a German Lutheran songbook, just with no personal writing in them. So you are fortunate to have so much information; and I enjoyed your site very much! Kelly


Name: Karen Umlauf <>
Date: 2003-01-16
Where are you located ? Chicago area
All my German-Lutheran life I have been surrounded by Kruses! You know the say, "Some of my best friends..." well, they were or are. Also, I have hit a dead end with my mother's side of the family, and one of the last resort leads is a "Lehman." While I enjoyed browsing your beautiful site, I didn't make any connections. Thanks for the tour of Germany though--outstanding!

Name: Dick Teska <>
Date: 2003-01-16
Where are you located ? Whitehall, Wisconsin
Great site you have, I'm looking for the Paul Teske family from Prussia

Name: Ken Bus <>
Date: 2003-01-16
Where are you located ? Arizona
As a descendant of Mecklenburgers (BEHM and BRAAS families)who emigrated in the 1850s and who settled in Chicago, I am interested in other stories with a similar pattern. As the founder and president of the American Association Against Apostrophe Abuse (AAAAA), however, I am forced to cite you for using an apostrophe in the plural form of your name: Kruse. If you want to write about the whole clan, it should be Kruses, not Kruse's. The apostrophe is only used for possession: e.g., Tom Kruse's best film was "Rainman."

Just a little tip...

Best wishes,

Ken Bus
Peoria, AZ


Name: Ken Bus <>
Date: 2003-01-16
Where are you located ? Arizona
As a descendant of Mecklenburgers (BEHM and BRAAS families)who emigrated in the 1850s and who settled in Chicago, I am interested in other stories with a similar pattern. As the founder and president of the American Association Against Apostrophe Abuse (AAAAA), however, I am forced to cite you for using an apostrophe in the plural form of your name: Kruse. If you want to write about the whole clan, it should be Kruses, not Kruse's. The apostrophe is only used for possesion: e.g., Tom Kruse's best film was "Rainman."

Just a little tip...

Best wishes,

Ken Bus
Peoria, AZ


Name: Romona Perkins <>
Date: 2003-01-16
Where are you located ? Indiana
Great Job! I wish we had our Kruse's researched as great as you! My grandfather was Walter Henry Kruse from Randolph Co Illinois and my surnames include Deunsing and Grefe. Just wanted to let you know I enjoyed your site. Romona

Name: Glen Stevenson <>
Date: 2003-01-16
Where are you located ? last five years LaCrosse, WI
I didn't see a familiar name but have hopes. I also have Adler relatives from Mechlinburg who came over from Bremen in May 1870 to Elkport Iowa. Their daughter Paulina married William Brown from Berlin in 1866 and they were here by 1867. Several Browns, Adlers and Bals came over at this time.(1867 - 1870)Glen Stevenson of WI

Name: John S. Kruse <>
Date: 2003-01-13
Where are you located ? NJ
where can I get information about my family history ??
Thanks jk


Name: Kenneth James Kruse <>
Date: 2003-01-12
Where are you located ? La Grange, Texas
Parents Lee and Irma (Postel) Kruse
Grandparents Ben and Hilda (Luetge) Kruse
Reared in
Willow Springs, Texas


Name: Sarah Kruse <>
Date: 2003-01-10
Where are you located ? Canada
I was very interested in learning about my fasmily history. I have to wonder if maybe you are related to me because my mom told me that my dad's side of the family is german. Ever since i have been researching. I enjoyed reading your family trees.

Name: stan kruse <>
Date: 2003-01-07
Where are you located ? boissevain manitoba canada
It just happened I came across your site with the same last name and my father...Donald harold Kruse was from germany or maybe his parents.Just thought you would like to know that your site was being viewed from canada,,,,stan kruse

Name: shelaghrichter <>
Date: 2002-12-28
Where are you located ? brisbane,queensland,australia
Thank you for a very easy to read site. I am searching for Miles McKenna from Leitrim Ireland, born abt 1820 who married Ann Sadler in South Africa and immigrated to Australia in 1850's. I do not know his parents' names nor any of his siblings. My husband's family of Richter come from Bernau,Brandenburg,Uckermark,Prussia,but some members of his Schmidt family come from Pomerania. Once Again Thanx!!

Name: Don Harrison Kruse <>
Date: 2002-12-27
Where are you located ? Hartford Wi. 53027
Very impressive. My father, Karl Jurgen Kruse, was born in Nordstrand, by Husum germany. His family owned a farm on the island of Nordstrand. Keep up the good work.

Name: Mr.gabriel Feltz <>
Date: 2002-12-16
Where are you located ? Perryville,mo
I am from a Feltz family that has been in perryville since the early 1800,s,the first family to come here were from atown on the border of France alsalarane not sure about that spelling, Ido not meet many feltz familys in I thought this would be interesting to talk to another person associated with the feltz name. please excuse my computer skills.


Name: Darci <>
Date: 2002-12-10
Where are you located ? Canada (alberta)
good job! It was really cool

Name: Ron Masanz <>
Date: 2002-12-04
Where are you located ? Neenah, WI (920) 725-8188
Enjoyed reading about your family search, hope you might be able to suggest some ways to help me trace my family's history back to Europe. I have sent you a separate email about this search. 12-04-02

Name: Patricia Thomis <>
Date: 2002-11-26
Where are you located ? Australia
Sorry I forgot to tell you my grandfathers name was William Herbert Kruse later Cruse

Name: Patricia Thomis <>
Date: 2002-11-26
Where are you located ? England now in Australia
I recently learned that my Grandfather was German and emigrated to England [not sure when though] His anme was Kruse but he changed it to Cruse when arriving in england, not sure if he did this straight away or in due time

Name: Diane Laubenstein <>
Date: 2002-11-25
Where are you located ? Wisconsin
I enjoyed the beautiful church pictures from Germany. Since my grandmother was Lutheran, she may have attended one of those churches also.

Name: Bob Ferring <>
Date: 2002-11-25
Where are you located ? originally Chicago
I new a fellow by the name of moose kruse from chicago many
years ago. My fathers family was from iowa.


Name: Karla Kruse <>
Date: 2002-11-19
Where are you located ? Woodstock, Vermont
Hello! My grandfather was born in Holtenau-Kiel, and arrived in this country at the age of (about) 14 or 15 in approximately 1912-1913. He had been working on a ship, and never returned to Germany when it docked here. I did locate his brother, who was still living in Hamburg, the year before his (my great-uncle's) death in 1979, and obtained some family information from him. It seems possible that you and I may be related, and I do see a family resemblance in your photo. Thanks for the website! Best to you!

Name: John Kruse <>
Date: 2002-11-13
Where are you located ? MIssouri
Maybe a relative

Name: Donna Adamo <>
Date: 2002-11-09
Where are you located ? Frisco, TX
My gr-grandmother's sister, Anna was married to Capt. Willem(?)"Fritz" Kruse. He was Captain of Bremen, North German Lloyd. I have old photos of him taken in Bremerhaven. They had a daughter named Sophie. This wold be in the mid 1800's. I don't know any more about them.

Name: Steven Kruse <sskkippy>
Date: 2002-11-05
Where are you located ? St. Louis
Great web-site! This is the first time I have resarched my surname. All I know is that my great grandfather's name was
Charles, and that he was from somewhere in southern Illinois. My Grandfather is Charles Raymond Kruse of St. Louis. My father is Michael Raymond Kruse of St.Louis. I think that somewhere down the line we moved from Pennsylvania. Just wondering if I come from the same line of Kruse's?

Steven Kruse


Name: Anita Lampila <>
Date: 2002-11-04
Where are you located ? Nebraska
Hi Fritz,

Thanks for all your help. My husband is from upstate N.Y. near Ithaca. It's a small world isn't it. Will talk again. I may impose on you and ask about a few other relatives I' having difficult time with. Take care.



Name: Grit Ende <>
Date: 2002-11-01
Where are you located ? Rostock, MV, Deutschland
Hello Fritz,

many greetings from Rostock, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. I already know your super page for about 2 years, since I found well-known names of my ancestors on it. Since I look again and again past times. I have SCHARF ancestor in Penzin with Neukirchen and GODEMANN ancestor in Satow with Doberan. If you have desire see times on my page , perhaps find you agreements.
Grit Ende


Name: Jeff Hill, Sr. <>
Date: 2002-10-23
Where are you located ? Woodstock, IL
What a great web site! Congratulations. My great grandfather was Frederick Kruse, born in Germany, Feb. 17, 1837, Died Ashland, WI. Aug. 12, 1908. His wife's name was Fredericka (not sure of spelling of maiden name - pronounced like "IKE" - maybe Ich or Eich or some other?) He was a civil war vet and got a 40 ac. homestead in Ashland County, WI after that war. Just curious if he might be in your tree???

Name: John Peters <>
Date: 2002-10-23
Where are you located ? Wisconsin
Got to your site from a message you posted on the Meckleburg board. Have been trying to locate Belle Plain in Shawano County Wisconsin and can't find it on the map. My Peters settled very near there and the names are very similar. By the way, Very nice site!

Name: Patricia Rut <>
Date: 2002-10-19
Where are you located ? CA
Loved your site, Fritz. I'm just getting started on my Dad's side. Emma Kruse arrived from Germany late 1880's, father probably John. Anyway, enjoyed visiting your site today. Continued good hunting. Pat

Name: Arthur H Kruse Jr. <>
Date: 2002-10-18
Where are you located ? Born Chicago Illinois 1931
Too many of the names you mentioned are past relatives of mine/ and or friends of my parents.......... Frederic and Ida kruse.............

Name: Larry Frederick Kruse <>
Date: 2002-10-17
Where are you located ? Stillwater, Oklahoma
What a great website, made all the more interesting by your location in Dodge City, KS! I was raised in Selden, KS and spent over 20 years in Liberal, so I am well acquainted with Dodge City. My branch of the Kruse family settled in Minnesota, principally in Blue Earth County near the town of Eagle Lake. My grandfather was Carl Kruse, a farmer, and in later years an employee of the local lumber yard until well past retirement years. I have just recently begun to trace his ancestry and found your approach and detailed results fascinating. Good luck in your further research! I'll check back in from time to time to see how things are progressing.


Name: FHLudington <>
Date: 2002-10-11
Where are you located ? Pelhm Manor, NY suberb of NYC
What a great web page--Congratulations on a super job!!!

My wife's father was Ralph Henry Kruse ((1893-1974). Born in Cincinnatti. Maried in Newport Kty. May 19,1919 to Felice Enneking.

His father was Henry Kruse and I believed lived his entire life in Cincinnatti/Ft.Thomas. unfortunatly I have nothing else on him. I assume he was born in about 1850--give or take 10 years. Believe he died there about 1938 ??

Could he be the Heinrich Freiderich Theodore Kruse you show as born 23 March 1856? Do you know any more about that gentleman or obout Frederick Kruse born in 1854?
any help you could supply would be very greatly appreciated!! I can take some other family lines back to 1610 but the Kruse connection has had me stumped.

Thanks for giving me an oppertunity to see your outstandimg work!

"LUD" Ludington


Name: Sue Douglas <>
Date: 2002-10-10
Where are you located ? Saint Clair Shores, MI
I found about you from the Pattyn Family site on

Name: Bonnie Bratton <>
Date: 2002-10-10
Where are you located ? Atlanta GA
Ii have 2 surnamess that I am researching...possibly connected to your groups. FORTH in Wayne co IL and Ohio;
Ed Knaack in the quad city area of IL & IA. Other family names are Stoker/Stocker, Bratton, Burrell, Fann, Edens, Utter, Carey, Mccurdy, Elliott, Midkiff.


Name: Robert Westphal <>
Date: 2002-10-08
Where are you located ? Dallas, TX
Having visited Neukirchen this June, I very much appreciate your pictures. I would particularly like to contact Robert Priehs (the link for his address has apparently changed), as I have a missing ancestor from Neukirchen (village of Penzin), that married a Pries in Dodge county, Wisconsin (about 1864) and thereafter moved.

Name: Arlene Keller Jones <>
Date: 2002-10-05
Where are you located ? Seymour,CT. USA
Had any of your Lehmann ever settled in Connecticut,USA?My great uncle wed a Flora Lehmann who's father was Carl.

Name: Linda Sedmera <>
Date: 2002-09-23
Where are you located ? Chicago, IL
My paternal grandfather was Walter Kruse. He came to Chicago from Iowa and there worked as a railroad engineer.

Name: Tyler Kruse <>
Date: 2002-09-15
Where are you located ? Washington, USA
Ya i was strolling through the internet and i just got curious about my whole family history thing. so i typed my last name and here i am. i remember my father saying that my anscestors were farmers in germany and thats about it. i was just curious and wanted to see. give me an email or something. who knows we could be related. ill talk to my dad some more about what he knows and if you respond ill tell ya what he told me. well hopefully something happens. thank you................Tyler Kruse

Name: Karen Voght <>
Date: 2002-09-13
Where are you located ? Illinois
Researching the families Schroeder, Schuler, Hertel all from Mecklenburg-Schwerin. This is a fabulous website and the photos make me want to visit Germany! Thanks!

Name: Norma Lewless <>
Date: 2002-09-12
Where are you located ? Nevada
Researching the following surnames-HEIDENREICH, RAMBOW, SCHILD, SIEMS and SEIR. I found your site GREAT! Wish more people took the time that you did.


Name: Ida Huber <>
Date: 2002-09-10
Where are you located ? California
The volume of research you have done is absolutely amazing! Thank you for sharing so unselfishly and helping those of us that are just starting out on the family search!

Name: Ginger Harvey <>
Date: 2002-09-07
Where are you located ? KY
Also researching Kruse history. My great greats were, Hans Christian Kruse and Margarett Steffan Kruse. Have Krohns and Schroeders in the line for sure. Happy Hunting.

Name: Ed Draves <>
Date: 2002-09-02
Where are you located ? Buffalo, NY
Great site, My ancestors are from Mecklenburg and we have Kruses in our family.

Name: jackie champagne <navymawmaw2>
Date: 2002-09-01
Where are you located ? new orleans,louisiana
i have just found my great-grandfather was bornin hanover in 1837 charles sievers,saw the name on the site and took a look.
thank you,


Name: Bonita TUSSING Stallings <>
Date: 2002-09-01
Where are you located ? Florida
I was just checking out Genweb for the millonth time and came across your site on the Kruse Family. I believe we have a connection through "Fredericka KRUSE Thursam" who married 'Carl' Charles Thursam in Buffalo NY. I haven't researched much lately, but I do have dates and photos. Once I get back into doing details perhaps we can communicate some.----------Bonnie


Name: crystal muzik <>
Date: 2002-08-30
Where are you located ? fairbury, Illinois
Hey there, I found a picture of my dad (Larry Muzik) on your website when he was just a little baby, that was really cool, thanks !! Well, check out my homepage or somethin when you get a chance, later
Crystal Muzik
bye bye


Name: Allen H. Feltz <>
Date: 2002-08-29
Where are you located ? Depew,N.Y., suburb of Buffalo
I am working on the Feltz/Voltz Family genealogy. Earlier were Voeltz,Voelz,Volz. Most of my Feltz's settled in Perth county, Ontario, Canada and a bunch migrated to the Napa & Santa Rosa, California area including my gggrandmother Fredericka Gehrke Voltz Feltz. Most forebearers came from Berlin or Mecklenb

Name: d <>
Date: 2002-08-29
Where are you located ? Chicago
I agree with you - Jesus is Lord !
Just passing by on my search for
SIEMSEN surname from north Germany & Denmark.


Name: Sandy (Morehead) Maddux <>
Date: 2002-08-28
Where are you located ? Ohio
I am trying to learn more about the Kruse side of my family. My mother's maiden name was Kruse and her father was Joe Kruse D.O.B. 1890 in Cincinnati, Ohio. His father's name was William Kruse and immigrated to America, but I do not know where he was from in Germany. His wife's name was Margaret ("Maggie".) Her maiden name was either Gephart or Franks. After being widowed, she married Joseph Klanke. William and Maggie had seven children--all born in Cincinnati: Molly, Carrie, William ("Jumbo"), Emma, Ed, Joe and Harry. Do you know of any of these people?

Thank You.


Date: 2002-08-27
Where are you located ? CALIF


Name: Lisa <>
Date: 2002-08-25
Where are you located ? Houston, Texas, USA

Just stopped in to see your website - nice format! I am researching the surname, Moeller, also.


Name: Werner Kruse <>
Date: 2002-08-09
Where are you located ? Aachen NRW
Sehr geehrter Herr Kruse
Ich finde Ihre sache toll mit der Ahnenforschung da Ich aus der suche nach meinen Ahnen bin, würde mich freuen auf Ihre Hilfe da meine Großeltern in Posdam gelebt haben ich weis nur das mein Opa Christian Kruse hieß.

mit freundlichen Grüssen

Werner Kruse


Name: Patti Hacht <>
Date: 2002-08-04
Where are you located ? Lakeville, MI
Thanks for the great photos of the Neukirchen area. My Hagge/Hacht family originated there.

Name: Carol Fredrick <>
Date: 2002-07-26
Where are you located ? Shawano Wisconsin
Great job. I am doing family research but haven't been able to find as much as you did. My relatives came from Bruckhausen and Rosenow Germany which is now part of Poland. I know Mavis Heling and Roland Heling who recently passed away.

Name: John Dase <>
Date: 2002-07-20
Where are you located ? Buffalo, NY, originally
This is a beautiful site, very extensive! My father's family were from Petersbach, Alsace, France. Mother's side from Lohrbach, Baden, Ger. My wife's from Mecklinburg.
Thanks for sharing! John


Name: Rick Lange <>
Date: 2002-07-13
Where are you located ? Yakima, WA
Excellent job on all the work you hane done!

Name: stefan kruse <>
Date: 2002-07-13
Where are you located ? mesquite texas
i dont know if i am related to you,but i know my grandfather was born in dusselldorf and his parents in austria my father was born in kansas city missori William john Kruse,i was born in mesquite texas,i dont know how to look up my family but i think is great that you did,good luck finding all your family

Name: Lisa Slupecki <>
Date: 2002-07-12
Where are you located ? Gaylord, Michigan, USA
My grandfather was born in Warren, Germany in the Mecklenberg area and moved to Tonawanda, New York in 1906 with his parents and siblings. His name was Helmuth William Schultz, born 1892, to Theodore and Louise Schuldt (Schultz).

Name: Erma Juergensen <>
Date: 2002-07-12
Where are you located ? Churdan, Iowa

What an excellent job you are doing!! My husband's grandfather, Carl Wittfoth, came from the Mecklenberg
area. We have little information on his family - have recently reviewed films from the churches and received some help from them. Keep up the good work!


Name: Beth Wilson <>
Date: 2002-07-11
Where are you located ? Torrance, CA
My husband, Steve is the great-grandson of Minnie (Bluemer) Zwisler, daugher of John and Maria (Godemann) Bluemer, all died in Holyoke, MA.

Name: Dorothy Davis <>
Date: 2002-07-11
Where are you located ? St. Louis, MO USA
I have ancestors in Hesse (BERGMANN) and Mecklenburg vor Pommern (WEINBERG) and have been to both areas. I enjoyed seeing your great pictures taken in Mecklenburg. Dottie

Name: Viv <>
Date: 2002-07-11
Where are you located ? New York
I found your site thru rootsweb, excellent free site. I have many relatives who are from Germany, some from Mecklenberg. I am mainly researching Urtels, Hasenbanks, Wagners, Raduns, Arnold and Rossow who came to NY. When I have more time I will be returning to your great site. Thanks for sharing with us all!!

Name: Judy Nelson <>
Date: 2002-07-01
Where are you located ? Largo FL
Nice website! Looks like you had a good time in Germany.

Name: Shelley Weishaupt-Mack <>
Date: 2002-06-25
Where are you located ? Canada
Hello! My name is Shelley Weishaupt-Mack and I live in British ColumbiaCanada. Below is some information about my grandmother who was HelenaKraus/Krause. I am praying that you may be able to help me find moreinformation about her and her family.I understand that you may not be interested in responding but I plead
you that if you are not interested would you PLEASE pass this onward to
relatives. Maybe your grandparents, Aunt or Uncles. Maybe they will havesome information that my help me. Can they check old address books or
to see if they had any addresses for Canada?I thank you so much for taking the time to read this and I am lookingforward to hearing back from you, even if you don't know if we are
Please read below and I am sorry that I can not write or read otherlanguages. If you respond in German or another language that is ok,
I have people who can help me translate for me.Well I have to admit that I really do not have alot on my Kraus line. Mygrandmother was Helena (Carolina) Kraus (on her marriage records in thecatholic church in Jacobeni, Austria/now Iacobeni, Romania) She was 16
she married my grandfather, Carl Ignatius Weishaupt on June 2, 1906.
was known , here in the Grayson/Melville area as Caroline/Lena. She wasborn/baptized (?) Oct 5, 1890 in a town called Oberwischau, now known asVisue de Sus or Felsoviso. On the marriage record it also states that sheresided in a town called Koschna ( Cosna/Kosna) at the time of the
(which I assume she lived there instead of in Jacobeni after theirmarriage). She gave birth to one child who died approx 1904 and then had
Uncle John in 1906, he came over to Canada with her. Her parents wereJoannis KRAUS and JoesphaDONAT/DONAD.I also think that she had a brother who name is Rezso born 1887 and
named Agoston Emil born 1894.My grandfather came into Canada in July 1910 via the US Ellis Island andthen traveled via railway to Sask. Helena followed him in Dec 1910
Halifax. Bringing with her, my Uncle John who was 3 at the time. I haveheard storied that she had another baby but it died before coming to
Thank you so much!!And GOD BLESS!!!Shel


Name: David Gruenberg <>
Date: 2002-06-24
Where are you located ? Columbus, Ohio
I found your website earlier this year when I started doing some geneology work... what a great site you have! I have again run into your site as a result of the Dopp family name and a guestbook sign-in that you left on that web-site. The Gruenberg/Greenburg family is from Schwerin/Mechlenburg area of Germany and I am certain that my Great Grandfather married Wilhelmina Kopke, who's mother's name I believe to be Maria Wilhelminee Dopp job Koepke from Schwerin Meklanberg. I am fairly new at this and am finding this information in a church records book where my Great Grandparents Carl & Wilhemina Gruenberg/Greenburg landed when they crossed the ocean in roughly the 1880's. The reading of the church directory leads me to believe that some of the Dopp family crossed with them. How do I go about trying to track them back to see if your Dopp's and my Dopp's are related?
Thanks, for your website!! Dave


Name: Fritz Hossmann <>
Date: 2002-06-24
Where are you located ? Buetzow
I want to find out about life of emigrants from buetzow and surounding in the first years in america.

Name: David Dopp <>
Date: 2002-06-23
Where are you located ? San Antonio, Texas
I like your web site! I especially enjoyed reading about how you discovered your "missing" Kruse families.

I have a Nancy Jayne Kruse (no other information) married to David Dee Doop 15 Mar 1960, probably in Kansas. Does that ring any bells? I also have four children of this marriage.

Dave Dopp


Name: Marvel Keith Kruse <>
Date: 2002-06-17
Where are you located ? South Dakota
My grandfather moved from Postville Iowa area to a farm one mile north of Lily, SD about 1912. His name was Henry Herman Kruse and died in 1944. My father was Marvel Gustav Kruse and we moved to that farm in 1945 and I grew up there.

Name: Diane Zimmer Forys <>
Date: 2002-06-12
Where are you located ? Marysville, Michigan
Great grandaughter of Charles Zimmer and Mary Ann (Mae) Kruse. There are a few Kruses buried here in St. Clair County, Michigan. St. Clair County is the "knuckle" of thumb in Michigan.

Name: Irv Gaines <>
Date: 2002-06-07
Where are you located ? Hampstead, North Carolina, USA
Great site. I am looking for my great grandfather Fred Kruse born about 1825 in Germany. He appears in the 1860 US Census:
!Census: 1860 US Census, Gibson County,Indiana
Page 1123, Barton Township, 29 Aug 1860
866/866 Kruse, Fred (1825) 35 M Farmer 400/500 Germany r
" , Caroline (1828) 32 M Prussia r
" , Eliczobeth (1851)9 F Ind.
" , Henry (1853)7 M Ind.
" , Caroline (1856) 4 F Ind.
" , Lewis (1858) 2 M Ind.
" , Mary (1858) 2 F Ind.
" , Mary Gustin (1860) 6/12 F Ind.

My grandfather: Louis Christian Kruse b. 14 Dec 1857 in Gibson County, Indiana d. 1 Feb 1940 Gibson,Indiana; I believe is the Lewis listed above.
My mother: NOrma Viola Kruse b. 13 Nov 1901 Princeton, Gibson, Indiana; d. 29 Jan 1968 Miami,Dade,Florida.

Any help would be appreciated.

Irv Gaines


Name: Melanie Praevcke <>
Date: 2002-06-05
Where are you located ? Germany, Stuttgart

I forgot the email adress !!


Name: Melanie Praevcke <melanie.preavcke>
Date: 2002-06-05
Where are you located ? Germany, Stuttgart

I'm searching for my family. In one of this comments I found something about Mary Praefke who emigrated to the US.
Now I try to find out if she could be related in any way to me.
My great-grandparents lived in Lübeck-Moisling, Joachim Praevcke (1852-1934) and Adele Friese (1866-1957), their grandparents were Ludwig Praefke or Praevcke and Maria Crevak.

Maybe there is someone who could help me to find out more about them.

Grüsse aus Deutschland



Name: Bob Regan <>
Date: 2002-06-01
Where are you located ? Covington, KY now in Miami, FL.
Hope someone viewing this great site will be able to help me. I am searching the Kruse line. My grandfather was John Henry Kruse, sometimes referred to as J. Henry. Born 1864 in Kentucky, possibly Covington, Kenton County. He was a prominent member of that city until the early 1920s when he moved to Florida. Know his parents (names unknown) were born in Germany. This is where I hit the wall.

Name: Warren Warthen <>
Date: 2002-05-29
Where are you located ? IL
have info on IL Schachts if interested please contact me


Name: Mary Wheaton <>
Date: 2002-05-26
Where are you located ? New York State
My family are Kruse from Denmark,lost track of any that came to the USA. Mary

Name: Florence M. Beese <>
Date: 2002-05-20
Where are you located ? Wausau, Wisconsin 54403
Interesting web site.

researching Beese, Brammer, Schulenz, among others


Name: Alfred Meisner <>
Date: 2002-05-13
Where are you located ? Cecil, Shawano County, Wi.
You did a lot of leg work and i hope you find a lot more. Very nice site. and thank you. Al.

Name: marna deats <>
Date: 2002-05-13
Where are you located ? illinois
My husband's grandfather(he never met) was William Kruse who played in 1927 with the Sousa marching band. he did leave behind an album and some newspaper clippings. He divorced grandmother and left when the 2 children(Rosalie and William) were young. I have not been able to locate him for genealogy. I do believe his brother was named Paul and also played in an orchestra.
So glad to see you are enjoying genealogy. take care,Marna


Name: Phyllis Dearborn <>
Date: 2002-05-03
Where are you located ? Sauk City, Sauk Co, WI
I follow the Sauk Co message site and saw your interest in SPRECHER, who came from the same area in Switzerland that my OBRECHT family are from. Since I had corresponded with Michael Hobart, a Tarnutzer descendant, I decided to email you with his website, hoping it would help you further in your research. Sharing is what genealogy is all about. You might also want to delve into the history of the "Honey Creek Swiss" which is what those who came from "our" area of Graubunden Switzerland to Sauk Co, Wi are called.

Your website on KRUSE is great!!


Name: Hans Müntefering <>
Date: 2002-05-02
hallo Fam.kruse! mit Interresse habe ich Ihr Ahnenforschung im internett gesehen und bimn begeistert von Ihr. Nun habe ich eine Frage,wie sind Sie An die Daten der Munteferings gekommen Mein Name ist Hans Müntefering und bin in Geseke etwa 15Km von hegensdorf entfernt geboren.Meine Ahnenforscung der Münteferings geht bis ins 1600JahrHundert zurü 1800 ist ein Müntefering nach Amerika ausgewandert. Ich würde gerne wissen ob es noch nachfahrend der Münteferings in Amerika gibt und wie ich an die Adressen kommen kann. Ich würde mich freuen wenn ich von Ihnen eine Antwort bekommen könnte.
mit freundlichen Grüßen
Hans Müntefering


Name: Don Peters <>
Date: 2002-05-01
Where are you located ? Troy, NY
I got to this website by looking for info on my great-
grandfather and great uncle, both named Theodore Peters.
I added a note on the listing available thru RootsWeb.


Name: Emil F. Meis III <>
Date: 2002-04-29
Where are you located ? San Antonio, Tx
I'm a descendant of Hermannus Meis (1675 Hardt, Germany), my great-great-grandfather Ferdinand Meis came to the U.S. in the mid (?) 1800's from Siddinghausen, Germany. His son, Henry K. Meis married Tillie Freiburg in 1866 in Illinois and had 10 children. The oldest was my grandfather, Emil Ferdinand Meis, who was born in 1885 in Dubuque, Iowa and moved to Oklahoma with the family. He married Anna Bowers Shook and had 1 child, my father, Emil F. Meis, Jr, in 1914.

Name: ki klein <>
Date: 2002-04-21
Where are you located ? england
am researching on my family name, would like to find some alive here and there,would be nice...
very interesting to read your profile, well done in your research


Name: Ben Burtzloff <>
Date: 2002-04-13
Where are you located ? Liberal, Ks
Nice site, it looks like you have put in alot of work on this.

Name: Helena <>
Date: 2002-04-05
Where are you located ? Missouri,USA
I have a KRAUS/KRAUSE from West Bohemia.
YES, Jesus Christ is Lord !



Name: David Gruenberg <>
Date: 2002-03-31
Where are you located ? Columbus, Ohio
I am beginning a search for family history and I was in the SSDI site, I happened to type in "Dopp" which is possibly a family member from Germany (however, I'm not sure how the relation exists...yet). I found your site and although I've not been through the entire site, WOW!!!

I will try and get back in touch with you at some point if and when I determine that our ancenstoral paths have crossed (and even if they don't cross, I'll let you know what happens)...

Thanks for the inspiration!!!



Name: Mariana Kruse <>
Date: 2002-03-22
Where are you located ? Porto Alegre
Hi, Frederick!

Do you know any Alberto Egidio Kruse? He was born in 9/1/1892. He got married with Amanda Gudde. He is my relative, but I don't know where he came from. I'm trying to make a research about my family. Thanks


Name: Cesar Kruse Soares <>
Date: 2002-03-20
Where are you located ? Brazil
very well this site, I speak bad Ingleshi for this I don´t write more

Name: Jeff <>
Date: 2002-03-16
Where are you located ? Indiana
Hello, I stumbled upon your site. I have friends that live in Nuenkirchen. I had the opportunity to go visit them in the summer of 2000. So looking at the pictures you have on your site was interesting to me. Knowing that I walked by that specific church. Good luck with finding everything!

Name: Barbara Herr <>
Date: 2002-03-15
Where are you located ? Indiana
Checked your web page hoping there would be a connection with my Kruse's, but I don't think so. I'm researching Carl Kruse born abt. 1816 in Beestland, Levin, Meck-Schwerin, Germany. Came to America in 1863, sailed from Hamburg.


Name: Doreen Helfers Davis <>
Date: 2002-03-14
Where are you located ? Tampa, FL
I've only been here a couple of years. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago--Arlington, Palatine, Mount Prospect. I was lead to your site based on a string of links that started with me checking the surname boards for Helfers. I am descended from William Helfers/Helvers and Sophia Ott who immigrated from Stoekse, Stiembke Parish, Hannover in 1866 with (Jurgen...) August Helfers and Catherina Thran--William's brother. August's family settled in Addison Township, DuPage, William in Cook County. There are also a couple of Kruse's in my line.

Adeline Kruse, Mount Prospect also researches Kruses and I wonder if you have ever corresponded with her? (She does not use the internet or I would forward this site to her.)

I would be interested in corresponding with you about Helfers if you would like.


Name: Hans Kruse <>
Date: 2002-03-14
Where are you located ? The Netherlands
I live in Capelle aan den IJssel, Teh Netherlands and was born in Enschede, near the German Border. We don't have a family tree.

Succes with your website!



Name: Jerry Amen <>
Date: 2002-03-07
Where are you located ? Oak Park,Illinos
Hi Fritz. I'm back again. Have completed extraction of my
Koppelmann and Papenhagen lines and the branches off of them
Pretty much covered the 1800 onwards era. Very large lines
although both seemed to hve moved off or died out by WWI.
Some of these people are in IGI so a number of lines made it
to USA.
There is a definite link to Ruchow Parish to the South. This
is east of Sternberg.Surnames from Neukirchen turn up there
and list their birthplaces from the villages in Neukirchen.
Did not find Kruse there. I assume the Nobles had holdings
in both places so people were shifted back and forth.
Have 1819 census for most of he villages in Neukirchen but
could not find Wokrent.


Name: Jim Barnhart <>
Date: 2002-03-06
Where are you located ? Mazeppa, MN (formerly Baraboo)
Just looking around for Barnhart history, and found it interesting to see you name from Reedsburg, I grew up in Baraboo, my father ran the Barnhart's Paint Store in Baraboo

Name: Bonnie Paris <>
Date: 2002-03-04
Where are you located ? Missouri
checking the yarnall line. thank you

Name: Lena D'hulster vd berghe <>
Date: 2002-03-02
Where are you located ? The Netherlands
A very impressive site
thanks for answering my message on
I am studying and working on the information you gave me on the Lootens family, part of it i did not know.
My family is from Lichtervelde (Belgium)
wish you all the best
Lena D'hulster


Name: Tami <>
Date: 2002-03-01
Where are you located ? Cameron, Illinois
Wonderful page. I came to it by way of the WOLFE name. I found information on your page that I have searched for for a very long time. Thank you so very much. Keep up the wonderful work. I enjoyed my visit and will come back again and again.


Name: Vera <>
Date: 2002-02-28
I am amazed at what you have accomplished in such a short time. I have watched you from the beginning, and am proud of what you have done. You have worked hard and it shows.

Name: John Kroezen <>
Date: 2002-02-27
Where are you located ? Australia
Great Site!
Geneology is very addictive.!
I am now getting deeper into what started out as a "simple" task to find my Grandfathers brothers and sisters family. My Grandfather Jan Kroezen migrated to Australia from Holland via Scotland where he aquired a wife Agnes Fergusen and a family.
I can trace my family back to Hendrik (Klaas) Kroese born at Hoogeveen, Drenthe, Holland about 1700. I have been told that the family may have originally been "Krause" from Germany, but no records exist.
I am aware that there are Kroezens in Canada who are descendants of my Grandfathers brother Geert. I would very much like to make contact with them.
I am also aware that there are Kroezens in the US and South Africa but am not aware if there is any relationship.
If anyone can help me get in touch with any Kroezens world wide, I would appreciate it.
If anyone is interested, I have put together a web site for the Kroezen Family in Australia, You may be able to help my site grow.


Name: Martha Muessig <>
Date: 2002-02-22
Where are you located ? LI, New York
Wonderful website - so organized!!! Have a very distant relationship to the name MEIS & HOFFARTH in Dyersville, IA., connected to the Holscher family. Do you have any more relatives connected to Dyersville?

Have three families from there - COOKSLEYS, WARRENS and NOONANS. Would you mind if I add your Meis/Hoffarth info to my Rootsweb site? It is on the World Connect under "Music." Thanks, Martha


Name: Peter Lobegeier <>
Date: 2002-02-20
Where are you located ? Brisbane, Australia
Dear Fritz,
You have a fascinating web page and have done some great research.
My Great Grand Aunt married Johann Ferdinand Fredrich Kruse who emigrated to the colony of Moreton Bay (now Brisbane)via Hamburg. He was from Mecklenburg. My ancestor Wilhelm Karl August Lobegeiger was from Templin,( a small viilage about one third the distance between Berlin and due north to the Baltic Coast)on the Border of Mecklenburg and Pommerania.
All best of luck with your research,


Name: Janet Douglas <>
Date: 2002-02-10
Where are you located ? Parump, NV & Princeton, IN
Fritz, thanks for the information on the Flinns. Very good web site.

Name: Ralph Vieau Jr <>
Date: 2002-02-04
Where are you located ? Milwaukee, WI
Excellent work Fritz, and your labours are appreciated.

Name: Cheryl Kruse <>
Date: 2002-02-04
Where are you located ? Travelers Rest,S.C
Hi all Kruse researchers.I am trying to find a Kruse Sager connection.these are my husbands grandparents.Ican not find a place to start as my husband was a child when his g-parents passed away.any help as where to start would be so greatly appericated.Thanks

Name: Cynthia Heidke <>
Date: 2002-01-25
Where are you located ? Appleton, WI
Hi there. I am Theodore Heidke's (son of Esther Heidke)daughter. He has been emailing info on Ferdinand Kruse. I think it's great that you are doing all of this work to keep the family history alive. It intrigues me. One of these years we are going to have to have a BIG Kruse reunion!! Keep up the good work.

Name: Vicki <>
Date: 2002-01-23
Where are you located ? Oklahoma, USA
Hi! A THOLEN relative e-mailed me about your KRUSE website because I am always looking for more information on my Hie and Wibkie THOLEN KRUSE who came over from Germany about 1850. They ended up in Arenzville, Cass County,Illinois and then after Hie was killed in a farming accident, she moved to Greensburg, KS and bought land there. I am trying to figure out where in Hanover they were from.

Hie and Wibkie KRUSE children are: Adolph, Henry, Anna, Fredricka "Rickie", Catherine "Katie", and Phillip.

Is anyone searching this line?

I like your site. Hope you find all your families.



Name: Kroeze;Martien <>
Date: 2002-01-23
Where are you located ? The Netherlands
Nice Website!
My ancestor (Antonie Kroesen)came +/-1760 from Germany
(Ekenlenz)to Holland (Beesd).
Now you can find in Beesd the names:Kroeze,Kroezen,Kroese
and Kroesen and all of them have the same ancestor.
Kindly regards,


Name: June Bowen Pettit <bkpettit>
Date: 2002-01-18
Where are you located ? Northern Kentucky
Kruse falls into my Tritsch, Klein, Dominick, Meyers, Folger, Lother, Henthorn and Mangold lines. Frederick Kruse md. Christiani Ruke, both of Germany, both died 1892, buried Northern Kentucky near Cincinnati, had daughter Carolina Kruse b. 1849 Germany who married 1869 to Andrew Tritsch who was born in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Both Carolina and Andrew are buried in the Highland Cemetery in Kenton County, near Covington, Kentucky and a Minnie (Wilhelminia) Kruse is buried on same plot. When I get more time, I will send you some info and perhaps we can figure out where my Kruse family came from. Tremendous site!

Name: Mikkel Kruse <>
Date: 2002-01-17
Where are you located ? Denmark
I think it's a good page you have, and i think it's really interesting that we have the last name, i have recently been interested in finding out where my name origined from and what it means.....

Name: Kurt Kruse <>
Date: 2002-01-15
Where are you located ? Mankato, MN
Just looking around, and found your web site.

I have my family tree starting from Westphalia, Germany B 1834 (Joseph Kruse)D 1925.

I have no information about when he came to America.

I hope to find this.

You have a nice web site and hope to hear from you.



Name: Frederick John Kruse <>
Date: 2002-01-12
Where are you located ? Originally from Chicago
My daughter found your website while researching the meaning of Kruse on the internet. Sound familiar? I was born in Chicago, and grew up in Des Plaines. I only knew of one other kruse family growing up, the ones that owned the gas station on Oakton in DP. I currently live in central Illinois, and boy there sure are alot of Kruse's around here! According to my Grandpa, my family came from Prussia. We can trace (poorly) the family back to a Joeseph Kruse born in the old country. Seems the family favored Poles, so we have quite a few names in the family ending in 'ski'. Your web page looks real good, lots of hard work!

Another Frederick Kruse


Name: bonnie <>
Date: 2002-01-10
Where are you located ? cambria,MN
I found your web page while searching the surname Knaak.My gggrandfather was Joachim Knaak. He was born in Luplow, Germany in 1832. He married Johanna Schutt. They came to the US in 1881 and settled in the area near Elgin,IL. Was wondering if he fits into your family tree. Also enjoyed your web site very much.

Name: Sue <>
Date: 2002-01-04
Where are you located ? Palm Bay, FL
Hello Fritz
Thanks for contacting me and sending me to your website.


Name: Irvin L. Gaines <>
Date: 2002-01-03
Where are you located ? Hampstead, North Carolina,USA
My mother, Norma Viola Kruse b. 13 Nov 1901 in Gibson County, Indiana, USA; daughter of Louis Christian Kruse b. 14 Dec 1857 of Indiana and died 1 Feb 1940 Buckskin,Gibson, Indiana. I have tried to link him to Christian Ludwig Wilhelm Kruse b. 14 Apr 1822 in Schwerin-Mecklenburg, Germany; but this may be in error and I am still searching for his father. Any ideas or help would be appreciated.

You have quite a bit of genealogy compiled on the site; Great Job!

.....Irv Gaines


Name: Kae <>
Date: 2002-01-03
Where are you located ? AZ
Was checking out my PERSKY and KRUSE family. i just found out about them. I just gained a STEIN cousin on Christmas. Wasn't that a good Christmas gift?

Name: Sue Schultz Kulp <>
Date: 2002-01-01
Where are you located ? Buffalo (Orchard Park), NY
Hi Fritz

Name: Sharons <>
Date: 2001-12-31
Where are you located ? Kankakee, ILL
I just got your email and your link to your site . I think it's great . I also have old photos of some of my g grandparent married in 1889 . I think that my gggrandfathers mothers name was Schmidt . I'll be waiting to hear from you I answered your email .

Name: Carl Martens <>
Date: 2001-12-30
Where are you located ? Pittsburg, Kansas, USA
Good site!! Hope we can make a Martens connection.


Name: John Rodenmayer <>
Date: 2001-12-12
Where are you located ? Reynoldsburg, OH
Fritz, You have done a superb job assembling your family tree. My 88 year old mother's maiden name is Kruse, but her grandfather came from the Holstein region (Crokau), north of Hamburg. Her great grandfather, Joseph Frederick Langlas came from the Mecklenburg region. Unless we have a Langlas-Kruse connection in that region before 1600 it doesn't appear we are related. Thanks, John

Name: Phyllis Smith <>
Date: 2001-12-04
Where are you located ? Kalamazoo, MI
Great family site. I am searching for Catherina Margaretha Kruse who married Jochim Daniel Holtz in 1790 Warnemunde Meck Schwerin.

Name: Zachery W Koppelmann <>
Date: 2001-12-01
Where are you located ? Lawton, OK
Found your site looking up Koppelmann. I hope to find more information!

Name: Michelle Kruse <>
Date: 2001-10-27
Where are you located ? Whittier Ca
I was just seaching for the meaning of the "Kruse" last name and came across your site. There are a few Kruse's here in Southern California. Mostly in the Whittier area. My Great Granparents settled here after they arrived from Oldenburg Germany. In our area Kruse is such an uncommon name that we always haver to spell it. Do you?


Name: Anna Taylor <>
Date: 2001-10-21
Where are you located ? Reno, NV
I have worked on Genealogy for 25/30 years. My interest has recently become reactivated - The internet is such a great tool to meet others working on related lines. I wrote this website down between a couple of surnames - Barry - Lembke but neglected to write down the surname we had in common. Very nice presentation.

Name: David <>
Date: 2001-10-11
Where are you located ? Sauk City, Wi
Hey Fritz, good work.>

Name: Nancy J. Kruse <>
Date: 2001-09-29
Where are you located ? McKinney, Texas
My son sent me this website. I have been trying to find a connection to the Kruse's in Germany. I think that they came from a place near the North Sea, I have traced back pretty far with it and I am hoping to continue the search. You have a great site and alot if information. Good luck on you search!
Nancy Kruse


Name: Eildert Kroeze <>
Date: 2001-09-29
Where are you located ? Netherlands
please write me a mail.

Name: Marlene Dopp <>
Date: 2001-09-23
Where are you located ? Canby, OR
Glad your trip was a success! The pictures on your site took me right back there! You have done a great job displaying your research. We are probably connected somewhere, would be fun to find out where. Interesting enough I was in Baraboo doing research in late July and again the third week in August. My father (Schmidt) was born and raised in Reedsburg.(your father may be familiar with Schmidts, Grantins, Schwekes in that area) The Dopps that emigrated went to Tremp. Co., WI. There were 8 siblings that came from Jurgenshagen between 1859 and 1871. One married a Koop(from Vokent) before leaving Germany. One generation back there was a Dopp/ Engel marriage, the daughter married a Schmidt and they emigratd to Tremp. Co. also. Small world!

Name: Ginger Kruse <>
Date: 2001-09-23
Where are you located ? Iowa
Nice site!Really enjoyed it.Fritz and Sophia Kruse came from Germany,Son,Herman Kruse Sr.marr.Maria Schmill.Their son LouisJ.Kruse marr.Martha Stemmer.Louis's son Eldon Kruse marr.Ruth Anna Frieda Jacob,son Robert Louis Kruse,my husband.All settled in Iowa,and Mn.They say their name as Krusee,others in this area,spelling the same,but say Kruse(silent E)

Name: Sue Eagle Sparkman <>
Date: 2001-09-23
Where are you located ? Mansfield, Texas
Hi Fritz,
Your family website is beautifully put together. I too have ancestry in Mecklenberg-Schwerin. Below is what I know about my Martens family, wonder if there is a connection with your family. Also my daughter-in-law's mother was a Knaak [Knaack] whose ancestry was from the area known as Wilkenfeld, Kreis, Naugard, Germany [according to LDS records on-line]in 1839--have no idea where that was/is and can't seem to find it.

Best Wishes,
Sue Eagle Sparkman

Here is my MARTENS lineage:
Descendants of Johann Christian Martens

Generation No. 1

1. Johann Christian2 Martens (Johann Gottfried1) was born Abt. 1736 in Germany, and died 22 May 1822 in Malchin, Mecklenberg-Schwerin, Germany. He married Rosina Dorothea Keller Bef. October 1788 in Germany, daughter of Matthias Keller and Unknown Wife. She was born 14 March 1750/51 in Germany, and died 17 January 1793 in Malchin, Mecklenberg-Schwerin, Germany at age 46.

More About Johann Christian Martens:
Occupation: Shoemaker, of Malchin, Mecklenberg-Schwerin, Germany

Child of Johann Martens and Rosina Keller is:
+ 2 i. Maria Dorothea Elisabeth3 Martens, born 22 October 1788 in Malchin, Mecklenberg-Schwerin, Germany; died 17 August 1841 in Mecklenberg-Schwerin, Germany.

Generation No. 2

2. Maria Dorothea Elisabeth3 Martens (Johann Christian2, Johann Gottfried1) was born 22 October 1788 in Malchin, Mecklenberg-Schwerin, Germany, and died 17 August 1841 in Mecklenberg-Schwerin, Germany. She married Johann Hans Heinrich Bremer 08 May 1812 in Malchow, Mecklenberg-Schwerin, Germany, son of Samuel Bremer and Margarethe Warncke. He was born 15 May 1782 in Germany, and died 04 December 1857 in Malchow, Mecklenberg, -Schwerin, Germany.

More About Maria Dorothea Elisabeth Martens:
Cause of Death: Cancer
Christening: 1803, Malchin, Mecklenberg-Schwerin, Germany

More About Johann Hans Heinrich Bremer:
Christening: 15 May 1782, Malchin, Mecklenberg-Schwerin, Germany, godparents were Hans Zabel, H. Haacker, Mrs. Stuwen of Schwerin
Occupation: Shoemaker

Child of Maria Martens and Johann Bremer is:
+ 3 i. Wilhelm Frederick Heinrich4 Bremer, born 28 February 1823 in Malchow, Mecklenberg, -Schwerin, Germany; died 22 November 1895 in Manitowoc Co., Wisconsin.

Generation No. 3

3. Wilhelm Frederick Heinrich4 Bremer (Maria Dorothea Elisabeth3 Martens, Johann Christian2, Johann Gottfried1) was born 28 February 1823 in Malchow, Mecklenberg, -Schwerin, Germany, and died 22 November 1895 in Manitowoc Co., Wisconsin. He married Maria Christiane Sophie " Mary " Praevcke 19 April 1850 in Malchow, Mecklenberg-Schwerin, Germany, daughter of Christian Praevcke and Maria Detloff. She was born 21 January 1827 in Malchow, Mecklenberg, -Schwerin, Germany, and died 14 February 1902 in Manitowoc Co., Wisconsin.

Notes for Wilhelm Frederick Heinrich Bremer:
William's death certificate states that he was a farmer, and tht he was born in "Buckburg, Germany". In 1970 his great-great-granddaughter, Sue Eagle Sparkman hired a professional genealogist in the Malchow, Mecklenberg-Schwerin, Germany area to find her Bremer lineage. Herr Schomaker not only found her Bremer ancestry, but also many of the related earlier lines. At anyrate, William's birth record was one of those that Herr Schomaker found, and "Buckburg" was not the birthplace. William was born in Malchow.

More About Wilhelm Frederick Heinrich Bremer:
Burial: 22 November 1895, Lot #1 Block 12, Section L, Evergreen Cemetery, Manitowoc Co., Wisconsin
Cause of Death: Killed by a runaway team in Manitowoc Rapids, Wisconsin
Christening: 1837, Malchow, Mecklenberg, -Schwerin, Germany
Occupation: Draper in Germany; Farmer in Wisconsin

More About Maria Christiane Sophie " Mary " Praevcke:
Burial: 14 February 1902, Lot #`1 Blk 12, Section L Evergreen Cemetery, Manitowoc, Wicsonsin
Christening: 1841, Malchow, Mecklenberg, -Schwerin, Germany, godparents were Maria Dethloff, Christian Kobabe and Sophia Fetting
Immigration: Aft. 1851, Germany to Wisconsin

Children of Wilhelm Bremer and Maria Praevcke are:
+ 4 i. Maria Anna Wilhelmina Henrietta5 Bremer, born 18 July 1851 in Malchow, Mecklenberg, -Schwerin, Germany; died 19 October 1898 in Brookside, Wisconsin.
+ 5 ii. Heinrich Julius August Friederich "Fritz" Bremer, born 31 December 1852 in Malchow, Mecklenberg-Schwerin, Germany; died 23 November 1920.
6 iii. Wilhelm Friederich Heinrich Bremer, born 08 October 1855 in Newton, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin; died 1940. He married Amelia Mathieson.
+ 7 iv. George Ludwig Simon Bremer, born 05 May 1858 in Newton, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.
8 v. Amelia Bremer, born 15 January 1862 in Newton, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin; died Bet. February - 27 December 1912 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She married John Harms.
+ 9 vi. Elizabeth Julia Bremer, born 16 January 1865 in Newton, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin; died 18 January 1930 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Generation No. 4

4. Maria Anna Wilhelmina Henrietta5 Bremer (Wilhelm Frederick Heinrich4, Maria Dorothea Elisabeth3 Martens, Johann Christian2, Johann Gottfried1) was born 18 July 1851 in Malchow, Mecklenberg, -Schwerin, Germany, and died 19 October 1898 in Brookside, Wisconsin. She married Frederick Ellner 24 October 1871 in Newton, Wisconsin, son of John Ellner and Theodora. He was born 26 October 1840 in Germany/Prussia, and died 15 October 1926 in Abrams, Oconto Co., Wisconsin.

More About Maria Anna Wilhelmina Henrietta Bremer:
Burial: 21 October 1898, Brookside, Wisconsin
Christening: Aft. 18 July 1851, Malchow, Mecklenberg, -Schwerin, Germany [date of christening], Her God-parents were Maria Christine Elisabeth Praefcke, Anna Maria Elisabeth Randt, Heinrich Wilhelm Plitzner, & Johann Heinrich Bremer, the shoemaker, and her paternal grandfather

Notes for Frederick Ellner:
Name *Date*Volume*Page*Volume*Sequence #

Frank Ellner 08 Nov 1899 02 0236 N 02265
Helene Ellner 28 Aug 1897 02 0181 N 02290
Louis Ellner 08 Jan 1902 02 0309 N 02276

Who are the above persons, are they nephews and neice of Frederick Ellner?

More About Frederick Ellner:
Burial: 17 October 1926, Brookside, Wisconsin

Children of Maria Bremer and Frederick Ellner are:
10 i. William F.6 Ellner, born 19 August 1872 in Abrams, Ocont County, Wisconsin; died December 1944 in Lebanon, Kansas. He married Louisa "Lulu" Lope 19 August 1896 in Seneca, Kansas; born 18 May 1877 in Avoica, Iowa; died 08 April 1926 in Lebanon, Kansas.
11 ii. Frank Ellner, born 03 January 1874 in Pensaukee, Oconto County, Wisconsin. He married Ida Lear 08 November 1899.
12 iii. Louis Ellner, born Abt. 1876. He married Ida Lindemann.
13 iv. Edith "Edie" Ellner, born Abt. 1877. She married William Prodell; born Bet. 1867 - 1877.
14 v. Helena "Laney" Ellner, born 14 July 1879 in Abrams, Oconto County, Wisconsin; died 16 October 1953 in Pensaukee, Oconto County, wisconsin. She married Karl "Charlie" Eichman 28 August 1897 in Abrams, Oconto County, Wisconsin; born 06 February 1872 in Hamburg, Germany; died 01 October 1957 in Pensaukee, Oconto County, wisconsin.
15 vi. Adolph M. "Joe" Ellner, born 16 February 1885 in Oconto County, Wisconsin; died October 1953. He married (2) <Unnamed>.

Notes for Adolph M. "Joe" Ellner:
According to the late Robert Franklin Eagle, nephew of Adolph Ellner, his nickname was "Joe". In October of 1926, when Frederick Ellner, father of Adolph died, Adolph was residing in Farmington, Whitman County, Washington. Adolph died while dressing for his sister Helen's funeral in October of 1953. At that time he was a resident of Abrams, Wisconsin. It is known that Adolph married twice, however nothing is known of either wife. He was the father of a set of twin boys, one of which died in infancy, from his first marriage.

16 vii. Dorothea Allvina Bertha "Dora" Ellner, born 05 April 1888 in Pensaukee, Oconto Co., Wisconsin; died 20 September 1972 in Oakesdale, Whitman Co., Washington, in her yard - buried Oakesdale Cemetery. She married (1) Hatcher Lake Eagle 30 September 1904 in Lewiston, Idaho; born 09 February 1878 in Bland, Bland Co., Virginia; died 22 October 1949 in Oakesdale, Whitman Co., Washington, of Cancer. She married (2) Walter Edward Abegglen, M. D. June 1964 in Washington; born Abt. 1888; died December 1964 in Colfax, Whitman County, Washington.

Notes for Dorothea Allvina Bertha "Dora" Ellner:

Dora, or Grandma as I called her was a small woman with a BIG heart. She had had a very hard life. When she was but ten years old her beloved mother Maria Wilhelmina Henrietta ("Mary" for short) Bremer died (1898) and being that she was the next to the youngest child, taking care of her younger brother, Edward Ellner became her "job". All of her other siblings were older and their help was required in the fields along side of their father Frederick Ellner ("Fred" as he was known), or they were otherwise busy taking care of their own families. Grandma and Uncle Ed remained close over the years, and even though he remained in Wisconsin and she was in Washington they wrote to one another often. Uncle Ed died in January 1977 in Wisconsin, almost five years after Grandma.
Grandma was a fantastic cook. I can remember many visits to my parents home, wherever Dad might be stationed with the U. S. Air Force. She almost always spoiled us by baking something special such as butterhorn sweet rolls, cinnamon rolls, homemade bread, or some such delicacy that we didn't otherwise have. My younger brother and I would come home from school and find something in the oven or some form of yeast bread raising on the dryer. Makes my mouth water even today to just think about her scrumpcious delicacies.
Grandma raised seven children, the youngest being my father, Robert Franklin Eagle ("Bob") as he was known. I don't remember knowing Dad's brother Jack, as he lived in California and we were all over the world with Dad's Air Force Career. I do remember Aunt Marie, and Aunt Millie and probably knew Aunt Millie the best. It is said that I look a lot like her. I also knew Uncle George and his family, as they lived in Oakesdale, and whenever we went for a visit we saw them. Uncle Harold died about a month before Grandpa Eagle, and Uncle Earl died when my father was just a little tyke, so I don't remember them at all. Joanie, Aunt Millie's daughter, says that my oldest son, Neil, is the "spitting image" of Uncle Harold. From pictures that I have seen of Uncle Harold this is pretty accurate.
Grandma remarried many years after Grandpa died, to Dr. Walter Edward Abegglen. They married in June of 1964 and he died in November of the following year. "Doc" as I have heard Dad call him, had been one of Grandpa Eagle's doctors when he was ill with cancer, and had been "after" Grandma ever since his death. After "Doc" died Grandma went back to Oakesdale, to her home and remained there the rest of her life. during this time she worked for Anne Montgomery keeping house and cooking for the farm crews, this way she earned enough quarters working to pay social security, however I don't think that she ever applied for it as she is not enumerated in the social security death index.
Her passing was quiet and where she was happiest--sitting in her yard near a flower bed, pulling weeds, and just went to sleep. To this day she is missed by all who knew and loved her. (Memories by Sue Eagle Sparkman).

More About Dorothea Allvina Bertha "Dora" Ellner:
Burial: Oakesdale city Cemetery

Notes for Hatcher Lake Eagle:

My memories of my Grandpa Eagle are very scarce, as he died when I was but a year old. I do remember sitting on his lap in a rocking chair, in his and Grandma's kitchen. But that is it. I have been told that he was very ill with cancer when I was born and the pain that he indured was great. According to what my parents have told me he worked for the county of Whitman, Washington, and lived all over the county, but spent his later years in the little town of Oakesdale, located 44 miles from Spokane. Oakesdale is a farming community, and has the distinction of being the only spot in the world where three (or is it four) major railroad companies tracks cross one another. (Memories of Sue Eagle Sparkman)
I have been told that he was a farmer for many years, and then lost the farm and went to work for the railroad. Oakesdale, Washington at one time had the distinction of being the only place in the lower fourty-eight that had four major railroad companies tracks crossing one another. Now in 1999 that is no longer the case as at least two railroad companies have removed their tracks from the little town.

More About Hatcher Lake Eagle:
Burial: Oakesdale city Cemetery
Cause of Death: Cancer
Medical Information: Dr. Walter Edward Abegglen attended him for a couple of years. Later married his widow, Dora Allvina Ellner Eagle

17 viii. Edward A. Ellner, born 20 April 1890 in Oconto County, Wisconsin; died Aft. 1973 in /near Stiles, Wisconsin.

5. Heinrich Julius August Friederich "Fritz"5 Bremer (Wilhelm Frederick Heinrich4, Maria Dorothea Elisabeth3 Martens, Johann Christian2, Johann Gottfried1) was born 31 December 1852 in Malchow, Mecklenberg-Schwerin, Germany, and died 23 November 1920. He married Anna Hoefner.

Children of Heinrich Bremer and Anna Hoefner are:
18 i. William6 Bremer.

More About William Bremer:
Occupation: Owned a Woolen Mill at Two Rivers, Wisconsin

19 ii. Dora Bremer. She married Gus Ritter.
20 iii. Emma Bremer. She married Joel Wattawa.

More About Joel Wattawa:
Occupation: Funeral Home owner in Manitowoc, Wisconsin

7. George Ludwig Simon5 Bremer (Wilhelm Frederick Heinrich4, Maria Dorothea Elisabeth3 Martens, Johann Christian2, Johann Gottfried1) was born 05 May 1858 in Newton, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. He married Mary/Anna Habighorst.

Children of George Bremer and Mary/Anna Habighorst are:
21 i. Harvey6 Bremer.
22 ii. Edna Bremer. She married Walter Behm.

9. Elizabeth Julia5 Bremer (Wilhelm Frederick Heinrich4, Maria Dorothea Elisabeth3 Martens, Johann Christian2, Johann Gottfried1) was born 16 January 1865 in Newton, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, and died 18 January 1930 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She married William Hoefner. He was born 23 July 1857 in Newton, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, and died 18 December 1935 in /at his granddaughter Elizabeth Hoefner Hahn's home in Manitowoc.

Child of Elizabeth Bremer and William Hoefner is:
23 i. Alfred6 Hoefner, born 14 April 1886 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin; died 01 December 1973 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. He married Anna M. Huebner 1916; born 06 February 1885; died 1956 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.


Name: Mary Doering <>
Date: 2001-09-22
Where are you located ? Baraboo. Wi.53913
Fritz, You sure are doing a great job and I enjoyed reading about your trip tp Germany!
Love, Aunt Mary


Name: Regina Kruse <>
Date: 2001-09-15
Where are you located ? Holland (The Netherlands)
Nice to read all this! Just looking around and found this. Want to see more from the Family-name.

Thanks and good luck!


Name: Alex Kruse <>
Date: 2001-09-14
Where are you located ? Oakville,Ontario,Canada
I was interested in the Kruse family history.

Name: Verna McDowell <>
Date: 2001-09-02
Where are you located ? Franklin, NC
I am also searching for the Schacht family who lived in Satow and one of the dtrs. married an Oldschwager in 1795 there.
Also my Finck family lived there for a about 2 years. Their names were Johann Jacob Finck and his wife Johanna Wilhelmina Bockholt. Their dtr. Anna Eliz. Finck met her husband while they were living there. His name was Johann Xtoph Schacht and he was the brother to Margaretha Eliz. Schacht who married Johann Xtian Oldschwager. Margaretha and Johann Schacht were children of Johann Heinrich Schacht. Not sure if he was in the parish, but he is named as father of Marg. Eliz. Schacht.
Johann Jacob Finck's son, Adolph, lived in Rederank in this parish from 1818 throught 1823.


Name: Ernest Schurmann <>
Date: 2001-09-01
Where are you located ? Ft Myers, FL
I have been researching the Martens family in Wendisch Priborn and have found that the town also has a lot of Kruse's. You folks seem to get around



Name: Christine Caldwell <>
Date: 2001-08-30
Where are you located ? McHenry, IL
Excellent website. I am descended from Randts and Koepkes. They were from the Gerdshagen or Lohmen area I believe. They aren't common names so I was shocked to see you list both. I'll be in touch. Christine

Name: Brian C. Platt <>
Date: 2001-08-19
Where are you located ? Baraboo, WI
Nice work Fritz. You obviously have spent a lot of time puttint this all together. Janet, the kids, and I hope that you have a great time exploring Europe and your ancestory. Call me when you get back.
Your aging buddy,


Name: Lavern Kruse <>
Date: 2001-08-19
Where are you located ? Michigan
My wife and I have lived in Michigan for the last 14 years, but I was born in Hanover, Kansas. I am searching for my family in Germany. It is my understanding that they came to America in approximately 1880-1882. There appears to be some Chicago, Illinois connections. My grandfather August Wiliam Kruse was born in Bargfeld, Germany. My Great Grandfather was Johann Christoph Wilhelm Kruse and my Great Great Grandfather was Johann Christian Kruse. Lavern

Name: Beverly Howes <>
Date: 2001-08-17
Where are you located ? Originally Des Plaines, Illinois
Don't know exactly how I got here to your page, but have been enjoying it. Seems my dad always dealt with a Kruse Gas Station in my growing up at the corner of Algonquin St. & Lee St. in Des Plaines, Illinois. I'm pretty sure his name was Art Kruse. I'm sure he's related in some way to you. Just got out my mothers old black book(she's now deceased) and sure enough. There was listed: Art Kruse, 800 W. Oakton St. Arlington Heights, Illinois 253-6808 Birthday October 6. Also,we bought a new 1966 Oldsmobile Cutlass in Albuquerque, NM at Galles Motors and still have it sitting in garage. Like new, original, and about 70,000 original miles on it. Everything was of interest to me. Taking me back to old memories, etc. Good luck....Beverly Howes

Name: Edna Stuhlmuller <`>
Date: 2001-08-17
Where are you located ? Seattle, WA
Sure like your web page.

Name: Kerry Kruse <>
Date: 2001-07-31
Where are you located ? Gold Coast Queensland Australia
I don't think I am related to you. My father's name was Max Kruse and my grandfather's name was Reginald Kruse and they were from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

I know our ancestors were from Germany, who any of them were I have no idea.

Anyway hellow from an Australian Kruse


Name: Helena <>
Date: 2001-07-10
Where are you located ? Missouri,USA
you have a nice website,love the pictures.

Surnames in my family tree:
Kraus-Müller-Christoph--Pech-Lang-Landkammer-Haberl-Rubey-Brunner,....please visit my genealogy website -


Name: John Scherpelz <>
Date: 2001-07-06
Where are you located ? Madison, WI
I stumbled on your website while looking for citations on my siblings. I plan to look at the family tree to see what corner of your tribe, my family represents. Thanks for posting this. JS

Name: Anica <>
Date: 2001-06-30
Where are you located ? Wismar (Mecklenburg)

I found your site by chance 'cause I just started searching for ancestors. My surname is also 'Kruse' but I don't believe we are related anyhow, u see there are so many 'Kruses' in the northern regions of germany ;)
That's why I'm going to start with the other side of my family, my great-grandmother's name, for example, was 'Krohn'...I'm sure the chance to find relatives of this line is not as comlicated *g*

Viele Grüße, Anica


Name: Chuck Van Den Eeden <>
Date: 2001-06-24
Where are you located ? Lombard, Illinois
I saw your message on Belgium Roots and looked at your very fine web page. It is great. There is a good chance the records of the Belgian American Club records will have some info for you such as wife's names so do follow up.



Name: Wilfried Christian Kruse <>
Date: 2001-06-19
Where are you located ? Friedewalde Westfalia/Germany

Here is someone from Germany. I found your remarkable web page just by chance when I was searching around in the web looking for more informations about a scientist named Otto Friedrich Walter Kruse ( born 1864 death 1943 ) who deteted
the Shiga-Kruse (RUHR-)Bacterium.
My own home village is full is full of Kruses but I think with no relations to your family.
Good luck for you future research from Wilfried Kruse.


Name: Arthur Henry Kruse Jr. <>
Date: 2001-06-15
Where are you located ? I am a grandson of Fred and Ida Kruse
I am a little new to this so .........
My family is from Chicago, Illinois........ I am the son of Arthur H Kruse Sr. who was the son of Fred and Ida(Binder) Kruse.

Perhaps you know Susan L. Kruse ( There is so much info here, I dont know where to start..... I admire the work you have done........ since I was born and raised in Chicago, I would think that we are most certainly cousins............

Will sign off for now.......... and hope I might be of some help to you........

Art Kruse


Name: Mary Hoopes <>
Date: 2001-05-30
Where are you located ? Oklahoma
My Kruse great grandparents didn't leave any information about their past lives to their children or grandchildren. Seems like they left everything in Germany. Great grandfather Wilke John Kruse homesteaded a beautiful farm in Hillsdale, Garfield, Oklahoma. He came from Illinois, according to the 1910 census. You put a lot of effort and energy into your website. It's very thorough and complete.

Name: Sue James <>
Date: 2001-05-28
Where are you located ? Stella, Ne
Thank You, You have given me so much information on the
Eickhoff Ancestory. Wonderful!!!
Sue James


Name: Marlene Dopp <>
Date: 2001-05-27
Where are you located ? Canby, OR
Found your web page through David Dopp's page. I am researching my husbands line, also connected with Neukirchen Church. My husband's GGrandfather and siblings emigrated in the mid 1800's from Jurgenshagen, just up the road from Viezen. They all settled in Wisconsin. We Jurgenshagen in 1997. Several of the 'sponsor names' from batismal records I have connect with your list: Engel, Fick, Sievers, Thielck. I can send you some data if you give me your mailing address.
I like your site, very well done!


Name: Linda Godemann Bailey <>
Date: 2001-05-08
Where are you located ? Hoffman Estates, Ill.-Venice, Florida
Fritz went and knocked down my Godemann wall. From two names to many. I and my family owe him many thanks. We now, for sure, have Godemann Roots.

Name: Sue James <>
Date: 2001-04-21
Where are you located ? Stella NE.
I've been talking with Ted Godemann about the Eickhoff
family tree. He has been very helpful to someone with
no computer knowledge! Sue


Name: norma [godeman] roland <>
Date: 2001-04-18
Where are you located ? gretna ne. 68028
ted godeman's aunt

Name: Kerry Edwards <>
Date: 2001-04-17
Where are you located ? Adelaide, South Australia
I'm a descendant of Carl Ernst Johann Kruse, born in Tothills Creek, South Australia. Possibly not related to Frederick, that I've discovered so far!

Check out my Family Tree web page at;


Name: Norma L. Vogt <>
Date: 2001-04-09
Where are you located ? Marengo, Iowa
You have done an excellant job.... I have researched many of my ancestors also from Germany.....mostly Rheinsheim and Frieburg. A fine old family by name of Brecht. Always, a work in progress. Good Luck on finding the lost family soon............. This "old" lady.. Norma Vogt

Name: Corrine Renkly <>
Date: 2001-04-07
Where are you located ? Volga,SD
A very nice site. My husband has ancestors with the last names of Kruse, Lehman,and Martens. They were from the Chicago area after coming from Germany. They were Lutheran.They eventally settled in southern MN, Faribault County. I couldn't make a conection to anyone on your site, but I enjoyed visiting. Thank you, Corrine

Name: C. Jo Sehl/H. Dwane Santala <>
Date: 2001-03-30
Where are you located ? Ness City, Kansas
Wonderful website!!!!!!! We are impressed with your work and organizations of your facts. You make it so very interesting.
(doing Finnish Research)


Name: Darwin Godemann <>
Date: 2001-03-25
Where are you located ? LNK

Finally got here. I don't know why, but I just couldn't get to the site befor this. You have complied a wealth of information.



Name: La Verne Helen Rand Venus <lrvenus@sprintmail.,com>
Date: 2001-03-14
Where are you located ? Richfield,OH USA
I am interested that you list the name Randt (Rand). I have ancestors that came to Cleveland with the Randt name.
Heinirich Johann Fredrich Randt Born Feb.1825 in Boldebuck, Mechlenburgh Schwerin and would . He married Joahanna Schut(t?) I would love to know more about them and their parents.
So glad to see your site.


Name: Donna Kruse McGee <>
Date: 2001-03-13
Where are you located ? Western Overland Park, KS
Hi Fritz,
I've been wondering around in your homepage. You have so much good information here. My GrGrandfather came from Muehlen, Steinfeld, Grand-Duchy of Oldenburg, Germany. He was born in 1852 and was one of 7 full brothers and sisters, left home to come to the U.S. (at age 14)in 1866 to escape a red-haired step-mother. There were additional brothers and sisters born. He officially became a citizen in Hamilton County, Cincinnati, Ohio in 1877. He farmsteaded in Sheridan County, KS where I grew up. My father owned the farm for many years. I cannot match-up any dates or names with anything I find in any of the sites. Maybe he was the only one of his family that came to the states. His parents were Bernard Kruse and Maria Elizabeth Wulfchuhl.

This can be habit forming...........


Name: Louise Kruse Reynolds <>
Date: 2001-03-06
Where are you located ? Virginia, now in Texas
I am looking for information pertaining to my father's family. My father, Emil Herman Kruse was born in Kiel, Germany, in 1895.There were 7 siblings, three of whom came to the U. S. His parents were Hermann and Wilhelmine Marie.This has been quite a job.

Name: Joyce French <>
Date: 2001-03-01
Where are you located ? California
Great website. I will be emailing you

Name: gail hess <>
Date: 2001-03-01
Where are you located ? phila.,pa.
My greatgrandmother was a krause,which some say was a corruption of Kruse,Krouse, Kroesen, Crusen, Kruse,etc. I know nothing more about her except that she married Nathan Livezey. She was born sometime between 1875 to 1885 and lived on various farms in bucks and montgomery counties in Penna. She had around 10 children. Her daughter, my grandmother was named Elsie Livezey, and she was named Anna or Annie Krause. I have searched some records in the area and have found that all of the names above that are derivatives of Krause are almost certainly related. I have been unable to find the missing link. Any help would be
greatly appreciated. thank you. Gail Hess


Name: Edith Armstrong <maemobile@hotmail,com>
Date: 2001-02-28
Where are you located ? Stockton, California
I have been trying to find my relatives - John Fisher and Amelia Paegel for several years. They were from somewhere in Pommerania, but I don't know where. It is nice to see someone else who found theirs. Thank You..

Name: Don Granzow <>
Date: 2001-02-28
Where are you located ? Blissfield, Michigan
I have spent several hours over the past few days looking at your great web site. I have been interested because i have spent hours at the LDS History Center looking at records from Berendshagen, Neuenkirchen, HohenLukow and others in the area. The family I am researching is the Vass family, sometimes spelled Vahs or even Vasch.My g-g-grandfather Johann Friederick Vasch married Margarethe Auguste Papenhagen, daughter of Hans Heinrich Papenhagen on Nov. 6, 1818. Johann came to Michigan in 1863 with his family.