Author: mjnrootdig

A Merged Daughter

The 1902 order probating Adam Trautvetter’s will in Hancock County, Illinois, referenced the following heirs-at-law and legatees: Louis Troutvetter George Troutvetter Lena Bucklew Edward Troutvetter Minnie Troutvetter Frederick Troutvetter It’s important to note that the list contains two groups of people: heirs-at-law and legatees. The heirs-at-law are individuals who are entitled to inherit from a […]


RIP, Aunt Ruth

My grandfather’s youngest sister, my great-aunt Ruth, passed away in Des Plaines, Illinois, on 6 January 2019. The following is the obituary that ran in the local newspapers. Ruth Ufkes was born on a farm east of Basco, Illinois, on August 7, 1931, the daughter of Fred and Tena (Janssen) Ufkes. She graduated from Carthage […]


You Cannot Own a Fact

We’ve mentioned this before, but it bears repeating: facts cannot be owned and facts cannot be copyrighted I can spend $20,000 on research and documents in order to establish that Thomas Fakeancestor was born on 12 June 1802 in Nosuchtown, Vermont. I can spend months analyzing those records. I can give myself high blood pressure […]