[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] information from grandmaonline

rhonda simpson garynrho at live.ca
Wed Feb 5 08:00:30 PST 2014

I’m new to Mennonite research as I didn’t realize I had Mennonite roots. This new info is from my DNA testing.  The common ancestor with 2 of them  is a David Falk b. abt 1759 & Sara Martens b. abt 1761.  I haven’t found them on my tree as I have been stuck in 1850 for years on this side of the family.  This Falk line is well documented on many sites but cannot tie into it due to my 1850’s brick wall.

One of my matches found my grandfather Robert Litz on grandmaonline and there was a note on his page that he was the Step son of a Peter Ratze and Louise.  I have his birth record from Lomza in 1879, his mother is Wilhelmina Litz (unmarried).  Step son seems to indicate a blood relationship to at least one of them. There doesn’t seem to be anything else on this relationship, and I cannot find anything on a Peter Ratze anywhere. I know my grandfather ended up in Zhitomir sometime before 1903. 

My question is:  Any ideas  where I should go from here?  I’m totally bamboozled  on what to do next.  There doesn’t appear to be a source for this information that she can find on the site or I would be knocking on a door with alacrity!   All suggestions greatly appreciated.


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