Month: September 2017

Ancestral Clues and Lessons: Ida (Trautvetter) Neill

Ida (Trautvetter) Neill was born in Wythe Township, Hancock County, Illinois, in 1910 and died near Carthage, Hancock County, Illinois, in 1994. Some things I’ve learned about research from her: people give the information they believe to be accurate. Grandma thought she was born in Tioga, Illinois, and put that on every record throughout her […]


Ancestral Clues and Lessons: Thomas Chaney

Thomas Chaney was born in Maryland in the 1780s and died in Bedford County, Pennsylvania in the 1850s. Some things I’ve learned from researching Thomas: People leave children out of their will. Records clearly indicate Thomas had ten children. Only a few are mentioned in his will. Thomas indicated that his other children had been […]


Charting the Search for Trautvetter Arrivals

Erasmus and Anna Catharina (Gross) Trautvetter of Wohlmuthausen, Thuringia, Germany, did not immigrate to the United States. However, after they both died (Erasmus died last in 1841, Anna Catharina having died in 1823), over thirty members of their family (children, grandchildren, and in-laws) migrated to the United States between approximately 1845 and 1855. If the […]