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What Name Do I Use?

Here a Johann, there a Johann, everywhere a Johann. The problem is that they were not all really Johann and “Johann” was not really what they were called. Erasmus and Anna Catharina (Gross) Trautvetter had the following children born in Dorf Allendorf (Bad Salzungen), Thuringia, Germany, between 1791 and 1811: Johann Heinrich Trautvetter Johann Adam […]


Was There Really a Johann to Take?

A recent posting about Johann Michael Trautvetter, 18th century resident of Wildprechtrode, Thuringen, Germany, referred to him as Johann in the title. Not Johann Michael, not Michael, but Johann. I used “Johann” in the title of the post without really giving it much thought, I was trying to make the title short and really was not aware […]