About

Hello! Your blog moderator is Karen Guenther, a History Professor at Mansfield University, located in scenic north-central Pennsylvania. Welcome to my blog, where you will find occasional discussions and debates on historical themes, ranging from key debates in history to some rather interesting interpretations espoused by my students (anonymously, of course).  History permeates our everyday lives, whether we like it or not; it impacts our decision-making process and determines what choices we make every day.  As a result, sometimes the discussion will wander off into the realm of popular culture.  I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts!

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4 Responses to About

  1. Tim Fisher says:

    I absolutely love your article on the DeTurcks. I’ve pretty exhaustively investigated most of my family, I am 100% Pennsylvania Dutch by my male lineage and I’ve come across a lot of BS since starting in genealogy 2007. The DeTurck book is one of them, found on Ancestry (who I am grateful to for digitizing so many works that are essentially lost to the public, and at the same time detest for the people stealing from my research, now made private, and misapplying the facts). I’ve found several other family histories that deal with my direct lines, and most have been pretty exhaustively researched and stop where the European records run out. A couple have gone into questionable territory before the earliest records, but this one takes the cake. Anyway I think you accept the history before records can be linked from France to Germany, but I do that sometimes as well so I can’t fault you for that! And if I had a dollar for every “family crest” I see attached to European emigrants to North America, when at best the ruling class and some towns/villages sometimes had a crest, well, I’d have one myself 🙂

    PS I speak decent German having made a foray into Germany and Alsace partly to visit ancestral hometowns but I too totally forget the PA Dutch spoken by my father and my grandparents’ generation except for the naughty words and the silly nicknames they gave us 🙂

  2. Deborah Underwood Cochran says:

    I also am a descendant of Johannes Keim and Elizabeth deTurk. I did the Ancestry DNA and Turkey showed up. I have NO other relatives from which that line could come.
    Deborah from Ohio

    • Tim Fisher says:

      I didn’t mean to imply that Elizabeth is not of Turkish descent. Like the author, I don’t think that well documented, reasonable proof of her ancestors will ever be found, and the story, while certainly plausible, is a tenuous connection at best, and definitely plays fast and loose with the facts as recorded in historical sources. Also if you research DNA testing, you quickly find that the presence of markers in your DNA for a particular group can have no meaning whatsoever. I have markers for many haplogroups that simply cannot represent my recent ancestors, but which probably share markers with earlier haplogroups. For example someone belonging to a western European haplogroup can share markers with Asian groups simply because the groups share a common ancestor.

      • Deborah Underwood Cochran says:

        Mr Fisher: Ah, yes, thanks for the info–I appreciate your explanation. Yes, finding Elizabeth’s background has alluded me and others thus far. You could be correct about the DNA. I also had India show up with NO apparent relatives either.

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