Lane, Ralph H. (Ralph Hoover), 1954. American Descendants of Johann Henrich Tritsch (1678-1748), Hessian Master-Weaver. Washington, DC.
Ralph Lane begins the introduction to his book with these statements, "Like all other groups related by blood, the Tritsch Family is a myth. The members of it have few common characteristics or interests; and (with the exception of those still living in Berks County, Pennsylvania) they are quite unlike their distant forefathers. These descendants, although seldom spectacular, have shown a ready adaptability to environment while maintaining a very lively independence -- in a sense fulfilling their name (for Tritsch derives from Old High German and means "power" or "strength").
"The purpose of these pages is not to glorify the family (except for identifying facts, personal details have been omitted), but rather to rescue some rapidly vanishing records and to preserve the continuity for the benefit of those who might wish to know something of their origin."
This is a well-written and well-researched genealogy book and Mr. Lane achieved his objective in writing it. The 98-page soft-cover manuscript contains a wealth of names, dates and facts. With the exception of the first family thankfully, the book, unfortunately, omits the stories, family lore, suppositions, and personal details of the descendants and their families that turns a shelved genealogy book into a coffee-table family history. As the author explains, "The outline comprises little more than vital statistics; the joys and sorrows of family history must be read between the lines." For some, especially those without a personal connection, the result is less than satisfying. Mr. Lane also failed to include the sources for his material, except in indirect references within the fact-filled narrative; so for the conscientious researcher, this book is limited in its use as a reference guide for further study or analysis. Depite its shortcomings, this book has a personal appeal to me as it contains all the information I presently know of my direct ancestor, Johann Henirch Tritsch, the Hessian master-weaver born in 1678, and most of his offspring, for which I am very appreciative. It was well-worth the somewhat hefty price I paid for it last year. --BobC 16:13, 01 March 2009
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