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Welcome to the website of Tritt Family Research, a non-profit organization incorporated in Pennsylvania, dedicated to research and publication of documented TRITT (TRITTEN, DRITT, TRAIT, TRATE, TREAT, and similar) family history and genealogy. Our surname originated in Switzerland as TRITTEN, with the earliest documented written entry of a Petrus Tritten from March, 1485. Our family origin for most of us is the Obersimmental region (St. Stephan area) in Bern Canton, Switzerland, dating to the 1500s. The first known Tritt(en) immigrants to America were brothers Hans Peter (1715) and Christian (1719) Tritt, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1739.
Three volumes of Tritt Family History, including genealogy, are now published. Volume I covers Tritt history from ca. 1500 (documented from 1562) through the children of Hans Peter and Christian, each born in the mid-1700s and the first known American-born Tritts. Volume II covers Johann Paul, b. 1752 and the second son of Hans Peter Tritt, and Paul’s descendants to the present. And our Volume III, published in September 2014, covers immigrant brother Christian Tritt and his descendants to the present, many with derived surnames Trait, Trate, Treat, Treet, or similar. Each volume also contains related information pertinent to the people, places, and times related in the book. Future volumes are planned to cover other children of Hans Peter Tritt and their descendants to the then-current day, and hopefully others to trace the history of other Tritt immigrants to America and migrations to other parts of the world.
Our genealogic publications can only be as complete as our records. Send your family data to us using the Family Records Form on this website. We publish an annual newsletter; if you would like to receive it, so inform us. The most recent newsletter also appears on this website. Funding for our work is received mostly from gratefully received private donations, with some from the sale of items of interest to family members. See Tritt Items elsewhere on this website. We are always happy to welcome new members to conduct our work, and you need not be a genealogist. Help is needed; come join us.
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