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RIDENOUR FAMILY GENEALOGY

Mel Ridenour, Mona McCown, Nona Harwell and Jim Ridenour have generously agreed to share their research of the RIDENOUR family line and have made the following information available for downloading.

Please note that all of these files have been compressed using ZIP compression so you will need to uncompress the files after downloading them. In case you need it, you can obtain a free evaluation copy of the WINZIP compression program at this URL:

WinZip Home Page (www.winzip.com)



ANCESTORS ARE FOREVER

Mel Ridenour has compiled an extensive database file on the RIDENOUR surname (aka: REITENAUER, RIDENHOUR, REUTENAUER, RITENOUR, et al) based upon his own research and the contributions of numerous other Ridenour family researchers. The Ridenour family line has been traced back to the 1500's in Switzerland and the first emigration of the family to the New World was on the ship "Robert & Alice" which landed at Philadelphia, PA, on 11 September 1738. Mel freely shared copies of his file with any researcher that can use the information. The database file is structured like a dictionary of Ridenour family members and is available in MS Word format. The genealogy data in the file was last updated on 17 February 2000 and, with Mel's death on 5 July 2000, it is not expected that there will be any further updates to the genealogy data in this file (a minor update was done on 1 January 2003 to update Internet contact information). The file has been compressed using ZIP compression and is about 1.9 MB in size (6.6 MB when unzipped).


Download the 1 January 2003 MS Word 97 version of " Ancestors are Forever"


Mel Ridenour has extracted, from his "Ancestors" file, those RIDENOUR family members that have links to Tennessee in the following file. This file was last updated 17 February 2000. The file has been compressed using ZIP compression and is about .8 MB in size (.3 MB when unzipped).


Download the 17 February 2000 MS Word 97 of " Ridenours with Links to Tennessee"



Jim Ridenour has completed an update of the "Ridenours with Links to Tennessee" file. This file was updated on 3 August 2003. The file has been compressed using ZIP compression and is about 1.5 MB in size (.4 MB when unzipped).


Download the updated 3 August 2003 MS Word 97 version of " Ridenours with Links to Tennessee"


Questions concerning the updated Tennessee Ridenours section can be directed to Jim Ridenour (jimr@ieway.com)


REITENAUER IMMIGRANTS, THE EARLY YEARS

Mona McCown and Nona Harwell, the authors of this book, have researched the Reitenauer family for over 20 years. This history begins with the Swiss Reitenauers, Anthony (aka Anton) and his son, Hans. It then chronicles the lives of the three sons of Hans Reitenauer, Hans Jacob, Hans Urlich and Nicolaus "Claus" Reitenauer, who migrated to Alsace France in the late 1600s. The book includes parish records found in Switzerland and in France. Later chapters follow the lives of the earliest Reitenauer immigrants to America; Johann Nicholas Reitenauer of Maryland; Johannes Reitenauer, Anna Christina (Reitenauer) Klingenschmidt, and Hans Balthasar Reitenauer of Pennsylvania. These immigrants were the children of Nicolaus "Claus" Reitenauer of Alsace. The history of Nicholas Reitenauer (Ridenhour) of North Carolina, which the Authors have recently uncovered, is also included in this book. The file has been compressed using ZIP compression and is about 5.7 MB in size (6.7 MB when unzipped).


Download the December 2003 MS Word 97 version of the "REITENAUER IMMIGRANTS".


CEMETERY SURVEY - ST JOSEPH'S LUTHERAN CHURCH (HILL CHURCH), BERKS CO, PA

Kathy Reidnauer, of Boyertown, PA, has collected and transcribed tombstone inscriptions from the St Joseph's Lutheran Church cemetery (aka Hill Church), located in Berks County, PA. This is the church of the immigrant Johannes Reitenauer. Nona Harwell has extracted the REITENAUER information from this data and has made the information available for downloading. The files have been compressed using ZIP format and are about 3 KB in size (12 KB when unzipped).


Download the Jan 2000 MS Word 97 version of the Hill Church Cemetery Survey.


Questions concerning this section can be directed to Nona Harwell (GNHarwell@aol.com) or Mona McCown (monamccown@yahoo.com).


Ridenour Surname Discussion Group

There is a discussion group on the RootsWeb mail list server which serves as a forum for exchanging information about the Ridenour (and it's many variations) Surname. The discussion group is a great way to contact other Ridenour family researchers on the Internet. If you would like to subscribe to the Ridenour discussion group, just follow the directions shown below.

To Subscribe in Single Message Mode

To subscribe to the list in single message mode, click here. When the "mail-to" window pops up, write just the single word "subscribe" in the SUBJECT and the BODY of the message.

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To Subscribe in Digest Message Mode

A digest is several messages bundled together and sent all at once. You can set digest mode by subscribing to Ridenour-D@rootsweb.com.

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If you are seeking information on a specific ancestor, be sure to identify them in the subject line. For example:

Subject: Jacob William Ridenour b.1868 Douglas Co, MO


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