MANY HOURS OF RESEARCH have went into compiling this genealogical record of the Ritchey and Diehl families along with their inter-related family lines. I've tried to be as accurate as possible and have compiled many legitimate resources that have been published separately into one cohesive site, which is offered here.
Records that have been lost to memory or are long gone to the fate of history have been sought. Formal records over 300 years ago are very incomplete, and complicated by the fact that the colonists were emigrants from a number of different nations, with different languages and most of them with little or no formal education. Thus census and tax records may be incomplete or incorrect. The spellings of names may differ depending on the records, but may refer to the same family.
This venture started out as a curiosity around 1998 in order to try and find our Ritchey connections. From this research, I've included what I have found in Census data and published books to what has been contributed by many individuals that have contacted me.
My research and sources come from Census records which I've obtained directly from the Federal historical archives, obituaries, cemetery records and personal visits to record cemetery data, death certificates, and from ancestry.com. Some of the published materials include:
Many individuals have contributed and continue to contribute to the ongoing and growing research. Some individuals that I would like to personally thank for their contributions are Michael Caldwell, Karen James, David Richey, Susan Powers, Barbara McMahon Lorenson, Larry Lee Stanley, Betty Jean Haneline, and Pat Ritchie.
But most of all I would like to thank my late father, Douglas McKinley Ritchey whom I dedicate this site. His love and support for our past and the continued pursuit to locate our ancestors and heritage was my driving force.