Ancestral Clues and Lessons: John George Trautvetter (1798-1871)

John George Trautvetter was born in 1798 in Wildprechtrode, Thuringen, Germany, and died in Bad Salzungen, Thuringen, Germany, in 1871. He married Sophia Elizabeth Derle in Helmershausen, Thuringen. John George lived in Hancock County, Illinois, between 1853 and approximately 1869. Some things I learned from researching John George:

  • some people were not permanent immigrants. John George returned to Germany in 1869, leaving his wife and children in the United States.
  • in some ethnic groups the “first names” did not really matter. John George had several brothers whose “first names” were John. They used the second names.
  • chain migration is important. John George was in the middle of a chain of approximately twenty members of the Trautvetter family.


My ancestor table can be viewed on my site. John George is my 3rd great-grandfather.


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