Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Are You Concluding Secondary Information Is Wrong?

Death certificates for several adult children of my relative Wilhelmina Rothweiler (who died in St. Louis in the 1890s) indicate that her maiden name was Trautvetter. An estate settlement from Illinois in 1869 implied that her maiden name was Hess and that her mother was a Trautvetter.

I had assumed that the reference to Trautvetter as her maiden name on her adult children's death certificates was simply because someone mixed up mother's and grandmother's last names. That assumption was partially made because information about mother's maiden names on death certificates of adult children typically is secondary.

It turns out that secondary information may be correct as we'll see in a future issue.

Stay tuned.

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