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Some books I’ve read say Binkley means “green tree on a hill” or some such. Actually, Binkley was from the name Binggeli (or Binckele) and is Swiss/German in origin. 91 more words


Plantenberg Adjudged Insane

If you read the following about one of your ancestors would you want to know more?

Plantenberg Adjudged Insane

Fred Plantenberg, the keeper of the village store at Aloys, in Cuming County, has been again adjudged insane and taken to the Norfolk hospital.  

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Family Lines

I hope Victoria Coren Mitchell is reading this.

It’s quite annoying when a woman selling wedding rings takes down your fiancé’s details and then laughs in your face. The joke? I was going to have to take his surname and it’s such an awful name. 845 more words

William G. Elder Bio

William G. Elder

William G. Elder (Will) was born 11 Mar 1861 at Black Lick, Indiana, PA. He was the second child of George W. and Margaret C. 224 more words



Welcome to the Knapper & Trumbell Family History blog!

This is the story of my husband’s parents, Maurice Keith Trumbell and Darlene Jean Knapper.  In addition to the stories, I will be posting photos and documents too. 63 more words


Many English Last Names Began as Nicknames

The link below is to an article that takes a look at the origin of English last names – many of which began as nicknames. 10 more words