The Hitz Family
There are three major branches of the Hitz family tree the leaves of which joined again at IHC ’04 and IHC '09: Descendents of Christian Hitz-Grass (the CHRISTIAN Branch), Hans Hitz-Brosi (the HANS - or John - Branch) and Conrad Hitz-Panzer (the KONRAD Branch):
The research into Hans Hitz-Tuffli’s family can be attributed to the professional genealogist Nikolaus Conrad of Klosters and what has been reported since between family members. The connection between the HANS and the KONRAD Branch has been out of doubt since Harold Hitz-Burton came to Switzerland in the forties in the search of his roots. Albert Hitz of the KONRAD Branch not only explained all the genealogic material to Harold in the preparation phase of Harold’s and Selma’s visit, he also reported on visits by John Hitz-Shanks to the »Doktorhaus« in Klosters in Albert’s youth (»the man with the impressive beard«).
The kinship with the CHRISTIAN Branch is not as well established. The respective research dates back to the end of the 1940s when Ida Hitz (1893-1971) of the CHRISTIAN Branch and Albert Hitz of the KONRAD Branch got involved in a lengthy correspondence on family matters. The letters from the crucial phase of this correspondence are unfortunately not available anymore, except for the »final« acknowledging letter of Albert to Ida:
Zürich den 10. November 1949
Verehrteste Base Ida Hitz, nachdem also der Baumstamm bezw. Stammbaum bis zu Ritter und Pfarrer Georg von Hitz lückenlos angewachsen ist, haben wir also gemeinsame Vorfahren ausser dem Adam und der Eva und können wir uns wirklich als Base und Vetter fühlen. Ein unheimlich beglückendes Gefühl. Oder etwa nicht? [...]
Im Pfarrerbuch Graubündens (1500-1900) ordinierte ein Pfarrer HITZ Georg (Jöri) von 1710-12, war dann Pfarrer in Klosters-Serneus, 1737-40 in Igis, 1741-43 in Parpan, 1743-51 in Serneus, wo er am 26. 3. 1751 starb. Er soll zwei Söhne gehabt haben, Christian und Hans.
Luzi argues that it is very likely (though not necessarily proven) that Georg Hitz represented indeed the common ancestor of our branches. We therefore take this fact as granted and use Georg’s root position (Level 1) in the tree to number subsequent generations. Together with the branch identifiers – »C« for the CHRISTIAN Branch, »H« for the HANS branch, and »K« for the KONRAD Branch – the level numbers are given for every family member heading a subsection in order to easily identify family branch and generation.
Note: The most comprehensive overview of all the known family members is provided by the family tree available from http://www.hitz-family.info.