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Posted by: John V. Reeb Date: January 08, 2001 at 20:02:41
In Reply to: Re: REEB FAMILIES ASSOCIATION by Debra Ketchie of 277

Debra, I would like to hear more about your RUEB or REEB family in NY. Two reasons: One is I am currently trying to learn more information about some known REEB families who lived in NYC and I am having difficulty because of the lact of consistency in finding them in census establish continuity in order to better document exactly who is who among the varied spellings found in records of NYC. However, I can tell you one thing which you may not be aware of. In Europe...Rueb and Reeb are not the same family. In German, the name which is spelled REEB is pronounced similar to the way we say the word RAPE in English, therefore when we find German & Alsace REEBS in some of the earlier records in the U.S.A. they are found with the spelling of Raap, Rape, Reap and similar spellings. Also even in German records, REEB is correctly spelled REB and the pronunciation is not changed between the two correct German spellings.
Also, in German, there is the original name of RUB (umlaut over U)which is pronounced as we pronounce the word REEB in this country. Therefore many RUEBs came to America...from Russia and some from Germany and later became spelled as REEB as that was how their name was pronounced. The only simple way to be certain about your REEB ancestors as to whether they were originally REEB or originally RUEB is often the first record of them in this country might be spelled RUEB or even RIEB. The Catherine REEB who Judy is referring to was truly a REEB not a RUEB.

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