Ricker Family History & Genealogy

History & Genealogy information and links for families with the name Ricker, Ruehker, Rueckher, Ruekher, and Rueker.

General Information

Clyde Eisenbeis began researching the Ricker name in 1979 when his grandfather, Theo Ricker, gave him a small piece of paper that listed eight generations of ancestors. This piece of paper had been sent to Theo by Theo's father.
   It was valuable information that could have easily been lost. This led to research that produced a listing of ancestors and families that moved from Germany to Russia and then later to the US.
   Over decades, information has continued to grow, much of it from Ulrich Ricker, the son of Reinhold Ricker who was a brother to Theo. Others have made contributions to the genealogy lineage (listing of contributors).

When Clyde was visiting his parents and grandparents during Christmas in 1979, Clyde turned on a tape recorder and asked his Grandfather about his childhood. His Grandfather was uneasy about the tape recorder, but soon forgot about it.
   The story he told was new information that his children had never heard ... a story of his Grandfather's Father being interned when Germany and Russia started a war, coded messages, joining him in an intern camp, and release after the Bolshevik Revolution. The locations were found in an atlas, and the dates matched history.
   More than 25 years later, Ulrich Ricker read the story and substantiated it. Everything, with a few minor exceptions, matched what his father told him. History is more interesting when your relatives were there.

The Theo Ricker Story provides a new perspective. Why do we compain? We don't know hardship.

History & Genealogy

  • Ricker Family Genealogy
  • Theo & Frieda nee Henke Ricker Story
  • Ricker History in German

  • Genealogy Updates

    Contact Clyde Eisenbeis for additions and corrections ... details on the genealogy book format


  • Old German Script (printed chars and handwritten chars) Example 1,  Example 2
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    Genealogy Links

  • Eisenbeiß Genealogy website
  • Henke Genealogy website
  • Ries Genealogy website
  • Germans from Russia website
  • Language translator website

  • Clyde Eisenbeis