george rothweiler

Is An 1867 Michael in St. Louis the Dying 1869 Michael?

Unusual names are good and bad. They are good because they stand out like a sore thumb among a sea of Joneses and Browns. They are bad because one always assumes they are a relative in some way shape or form and not being able to “fit” the reference into known information can be frustrating. […]

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Finding Wilhelmina Trautvetter’s 1851 St. Louis Marriage

[an earlier version of this post ran on the old blog on 29 May 2013] I’ve heard genealogists mention the importance of not relying on the indexes created in record books. I believed in it, but largely because of names being spelled incorrectly–not because I had ever actually seen a record recorded and omitted from […]