I will try to translate some of the Zryd-history that I have found in a book called "Adelboden".
We have a wonderful heraldic figure with alpha and omega and 3 kinds of flowers. I made it in glass for my father when he was 60 !
The name Zryd comes from the dialect of the region which said to the ground of the wood "Rit" and the people who used to live there were called "zu Rit". The man Anthoni ze Ried was mentioned the first time in 1525 because he said something against the government. ChrÃ©tien (1781-1863) went to Brienz, where he "created" another Zryd-line (! sorry for the translation !), his brother Abraham was an important man in Adelboden, he belonged to the local authority and was also shoemaker.He was blind. There exist a cupboard with his painting, I mean that he has been painted as a shoemaker. The cupboard is wonderful, it belonged to my father, but it has been stolen !!!
The house where my father was born does not exist any more. It is sad, but my father had to sell it, because of the "pression fo tourismus", now there are hotels on the ground. I was a young girl when it happened, but I remember some of the furniture which was very old and funny. My grandfather had some brothers who went to California, I do not know where. I just found a letter from a woman called Marie Zryd from 1928. She wrote from Port Orchard where a man called Sam died. I do not know where it is, because the stamp has been cut out ! But I know that some brothers emigrated, because my father told a lot about it. My father and his 7 brothers and sisters lived in Adelboden. He was a tailor. He had to move to the French part of Switzerland, where my 2 sisters an I were born.
I'm married to a teacher in Germany (mathematics) and go as often as possible to Switzerland, where we organize a cousins-meeting every 2 years.
Our daughter is just returning from Detroit where she had some work to do for Volkswagen. She spent 1 year in Millersville-Philadelphia, where she went to the university. Our son is a male-nurse-trainee in Cologne.
If you come from the Adelboden part of Zryd and have the opportunity to travel to Switzerland, you just MUST visit it. But if you come from Brienz, it is lovely too.
I hope that you have understood my english.