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* The Ruple Family in America and its German-Swiss Heritage*

Updated June 3, 2011

This genealogy is a work in progress and this website is devoted to growing the Ruple family history and genealogy.

We promise to do our best to establish factual family relationships. We have invested considerable time and effort to end speculation about our ancestors' heritage, and to shine the light of science on gaps in family records. We created a scientific approach to our ancestry using cutting edge yDNA techniques: (1) scientific testing of DNA and the establishment of a family Surname Project; (2) computerized genealogical records, and (3) family web pages which promote the free exchange of information among family members and other researchers.

We welcome the Ruple family (Roppel, Ruppel, Rupel, Rupple, Rupli, Rupley, Rubel, Ruble) throughout the United States, and their "relatives" in Germany and Switzerland to contact the administrator of this website to exchange ideas and to focus upon expanding knowledge about our unique and exciting family and its Germanic* heritage. In 2006 we launched THE RUPLE FAMLIY Y-DNA SURNAME PROJECT to help achieve our goals of improving family ancestral connections and to close documentary gaps in our genealogy. ALL RUPLE DIRECT MALE DESCENDANTS (including alternate spellings noted above) are invited to join the Ruple surname project at the following web address: Furthermore, as Ruple descendants, you are invited to share family data . . . so feel free to contact me at with family information, questions, and photos! Send us your information on the family and in exchange, the administrator can share Ruple family information with you.

Welcome to this and our DNA family websites!! We look forward to growing our family tree together, and the tree WILL grow stronger with your support and with the use of modern research techniques.

For further information, see The Ruple Family in America and it Germanic Heritage, Jack D. Ruple, Sr., copyright 1988. Family History Catalog, LDS church. For more on the Swiss heritage of the Ruple family, immigrants Jacob (PA in 1767) and Martin (SC in 1772) go the the First Families article found at the Orangeburg German Swiss Genealogical Society webpage located at: (this article begins to update the Ruple Family in America Book) Also, for other citations to books, discussions about the Ruple family, see the website for the Ruple family yDNA Surname Group Study at the company known as Family Tree DNA as follows:

*One major hypothesis we sought to prove or disprove with yDNA was what connection the Ruple family in America has to: (1) Martin Roppel, b. 26 May 1737, (father Michel Roppel and Ursula Horand)from Fullinsdorf, Switzerland, who arrived in Charleston, SC, USA, in 1772; and to (2) Martin's older brother, Jacob Roppel, who was said to have emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1767**. That has now been conmpleted and those families linked through DNA testing. (**See Lists of Swiss Emigrants in the Eighteenth Century to the American Colonies, Faust & Brumbaugh.) A Y-DNA study and Surname Project was the only way to fill additional gaps existing in American records after arrival of these immigrants from 1767 to 1772, and to prove a strong circumstantial case for their German-Swiss ancestry. See also, Orangeburg German Swiss Genealogical Society "first families" article on Martin Roppel, Swiss immigrant in 1772 from Fullinsdorf,BL, CHE and his older brother, Hans Jacob Roppel who went to Pennsylvania in 1767.


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