Category Archives: Family Tree
Tracing My German Ancestry
As you know from past articles, I have been on the hunt to find out where my surname originated. My ancestor, Daniel Wakenight, is my great-great-great-great-grandfather. From census records on Ancestry.com, I know he was born in Maryland, around the Hagerstown area. I found on another family tree that the family attended the Lutheran Church in Boonsboro. Boonsboro is about 10 miles south of Hagerstown. The assumption on other family trees was that he was of German origin. Several had linked Daniel to Martin Weidknecht. Martin had sailed aboard the […]
What Secrets Are in Your Family Tree?
Most families have their dark, little “secrets.” Those scandals that they want to keep hidden from themselves and the rest of the world. Did an ancestor make his fortune from slave labor, did one go AWOL in the war, or was there one accused of killing a man? The list of family “secrets” goes on and on. Many genealogists find the same “secrets” while searching their family trees. Should you publish this information to the family tree or not? Does the world need to know this unsavory detail in your […]