Joseph H. VIRKLER – Cheese Manufacturer, Sewing Machine Agent, “Segar” Salesman, and Real Estate Builder – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 18)

I have been halted by perfectionism while writing an article about a different ancestor. It seems like it will never get finished, as I’ve been “working on it” for nearly two years. It will, but will it take another year? I don’t know.

In the meantime, I thought I’d write some short (well, relatively speaking) yet fruitful (my wishful thinking) articles about other ancestors, one every now and then. They say that if you’re going to have a blog, you should write everyday. Yeah, right. That’s me [insert sarcastic tone]. At least you should write once a week. Lately, I’ve been lucky to get something out every 4-6 months! It’s not for lack of starting articles, and this is one of those which had a nice title and no text. It has the research. Now, it will have the write-up.

A quickie with good sources and no citations. I’m appalled. Continue reading

Earl Lawrence TRAUTMAN (1893-1964) : “Auto Salesman Arraigned in Hit and Run” or How my Grandfather Got into the 1940 Census Twice – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 4)

Earl Lawrence TRAUTMAN (1893-1964) : “Auto Salesman Arraigned in Hit and Run” or How my Grandfather Got into the 1940 Census Twice – 52 Ancestors

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Willie Ann ROWE (c. 1812-1874): Who are you? – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 39)

Willie Ann ROWE was the first wife of John Michael BLUE, D.V.M. They are one of my sets of third great grandparents on my father’s side. Her given name can also be found spelled or used as Willa Ann, Williann, Willy Ann, Willy, Willey, or simply Ann.

Ancestry of James Joseph TRAUTMAN

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Willie Ann ROWE was born circa 1810-1814 in Ohio, according to the 1850-1870 U.S. Federal Censuses. Continue reading

Was Charles TROUTMAN a TROUTMAN at all? – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 8)

I have written here and here about my father’s paternal grandfather Charles TROUTMAN. What I have found out about him is interesting, although limited. I encourage you, if you haven’t yet, to read it.

My brother’s Y-DNA results are coming in. So far, up to the 67 marker level has been returned. At this time, Family Tree DNA has a predicted haplogroup for my brother of R-M269. Continue reading