"I have a lot of info on the Kraatz clan ... I was in law enforcement and was a criminal investigator in Milwaukee, Wi. all of my life. I worked on many cases but nothing ever drove me nuts like doing a family tree. If we continue we may meet in an institution weaving baskets."
Before you turn to basket weaving, be sure to check out the newer local resource called "Milwaukee's German Newspapers; an index of death notices and related items" (1844-1950). I've indexed about 150 entries or references to the Kraatz / Kratz name. Some of the other surnames linked with these families are Bork Demin Braun Daub Glaettli Bergmann Epetz Reinel Reinl Ledebuhr Leich Schneider.
Gary Rebholz, compiler/editor
Indexing Milwaukee's German newspapers continuously since 2007... helping family researchers find their ancestors among Milwaukee's 99%.