Re: Anybody in there?
Yes, we are related. There were two Fredericks, father and son in mid 1800s. I do not believe that Frederick emigrated when in 1953 from England, however, but from Germany.
If you have some evidence of emigration from England, this would be helpful to know.
The Trifts originate from southern Germany, near Stuttgart. There is actually a small town called Trifts, and another called Triftshausen."Trifts" derives from the German word for drover. It may be an anglicized version of "Triftshauser".
I do not belive that the spelling was ever Triftz.
There is a Trifts in Sweden/Finland, but it turns out this was a fanciful name that she selected as she liked the sound of it. Not a relation.
There are very few Trifts and as near as we can tell they all trace back to Frederick. Every single one of us (which is very few of us indeed).
If you do a search of Trifts on the Net you will find a few of us. Valeris in Alberta is a professor; Jack now in Maine is Dead of Fiaince at the univ of Maine; my father Dr. Robert who is a physician in Moncton, myself a lawyer in Toront, my brother Jonathan, a programmer in Bristol UK and my brother Ben who is in medical supploy sales also lives in Toronto.
There is a Charles - I believe he is involved in search and rescue and lives in Washington State.He goes back to Frederick as well.
My stepmother Celine Trifts (married to my father Robert Albert Trifts) actually put a lot of work in to this a few years back and has traced the family tree back to the elder Frederick, whereupon the trail goes cold and leads, in all probability, to southern Germany, and war, famine, crime, pregnancy, or crushng debt - all being the leading causes for sensible people to leave civilized lands and hop on board ships to an unsettled Canada. (New Brunswick was his ultimate destination.)
I do not have the document handy as it is at work, but if you care to drop me a note, I shall scan and e-mail it to you.