I'll be the featured speaker at the Topeka Genealogical Society Conference on 24 April 2010. I'm arriving a day early in hopes of doing some research in Topeka to get some material for the newsletter. The Kansas State Historical Library has some materials I'm hoping to get to research. I'll post updates here as I prepare for my trip.
One person I'm hoping to do some work on is Philip Troutfetter. I've blogged about him several times, but never written about him in the newsletter. That is something I hope to do. Philip owned a newspaper in western Kansas, homesteaded in Kansas and Colorado, was divorced in Colorado, found a couple girlfriends outside Denver (while he was married), traveled to Cuba and Columbia, and died at his parents' home in Colby, Kansas in his early 40s.
I forgot to mention he was arrested in Boston.
He appears in the Kansas Biographical Name Index. I'm debating how to best spend my time in Topeka and will post updates as I make decisions. Hopefully that helps someone.
I'll try and post an update on Philip's parents who took him and his siblings to Thomas County, Kansas.
Philip and my great-grandfather George A. Trautvetter, were first cousins. George A.'s life did not generate nearly as many records as did his cousin's.