Daniel Bly
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Daniel Bly

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Daniel W. Bly
Born 1940s.
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Brother of [private brother (1930s - unknown)], [private brother (1940s - unknown)], [private brother (1940s - unknown)] and [private brother (1940s - unknown)]
Father of [private son (1970s - unknown)] and [private son (1970s - unknown)]
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I am a retired history professor with over 50 years experience researching my ancestors and other aspects of local Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, history and still have a lot to learn. My interest in discovering more about my ancestors and focus on local history comes from my conviction that real history is made by everyone and is the story of all of us living and working together, not just the actions of the powerful and famous. I am interested in making sure that information posted on the internet is reliable and verifiable and am looking for others with whom I can share information. With that in mind, NOTE that many of the family trees on Ancestry.com are filled with errors and undocumented connections, and should not be used on Wiktree unless there is documentation that can be verified. Find-A-Grave now has "memorials" for people whose burial site is unknown and much of the information on these "virtual cemeteries" is questionable, to say the least, and should not be considered reliable unless it is well documented.

  • Born: Shenandoah County, Virginia.
  • Early years: grew up on what is now the Fishers Hill Battlefield Site, about four miles west of Strasburg, Virginia. I experienced rural living and farm life as it once was.
  • Now resident of Harrisonburg, Virginia.


  • Graduate, Strasburg High School, Strasburg, VA, class of 1960.
  • Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, VA, Class of 1964. BA.
  • Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, Master's Degree (History), 1965.
  • Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. teaching seminar, summer 1966.
  • Temple University, residency and work on Ph.D, 1967-69. (European History). completed all but dissertation.

Career: Instructor, Bridgewater College, Department of History, 1965-67. Bridgewater College, Assistant Professor, Department of History, 1969-2003. Retired: 2003. Have taught life long learning classes with the James Madison University program on the "Germans of the Shenandoah Valley."2014, 2016, 2018.


  • The Early Funkhouser Pioneers and the Descendants of Jacob Funkhouser Jr. Harrisonburg, VA (1974).
  • "German Records and Research Problems," Central Virginia Heritage, Fall 1990 Issue.
  • "Records of Indentures and Guardianships in Shenandoah County, Virginia, 1772-1830," (1985). special edition, Shenandoah County Library, Edinburg, VA.
  • A History of the Bly Family, Baltimore, MD (1992).
  • From the Rhine to the Shenandoah, Volume I, Baltimore, MD (1992).
  • From the Rhine to the Shenandoah, Volume II, Baltimore, MD (1996).
  • From the Rhine to the Shenandoah, Volume III, Baltimore, MD (2002).
  • "Strasburg Virginia: A New Look at the First Fifty Years" and "Hupp Homestead: Identification of the Earliest Residents of the Site Now Called 'Frontier Fort." in The Story of Strasburg, (250th Anniversary Edition, 2011). published by Strasburg Heritage Association.
  • "Who Was Georg Messerschmidt?" Printing History, New Series #17, January, 2015 (Journal of the American Printing History Association).
  • Here to Stay, The Founding of a Jewish Community in the Shenandoah Valley, 1840-1900, Baltimore, MD (2016).


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Daniel, the Appreciation Team thanks for you for efforts toward making our Shared Tree the best it can be with your 1000+ contributions during August 2019. You are an important part of what we are all about!

Seeing your list of publications, I think I would have enjoyed having you as faculty adviser and/or professor in my history major so many years ago.

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hi Daniel!

In July 2019, you made 1000+ contributions to our Shared Tree! I commend for your time and effort. Keep up the great work!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Hello, Daniel!

Very well done on your making 1,000 or more contributions to WikiTree in June 2019! We commend and appreciate all of your time and effort in helping to grow and perfect our Shared Tree. Keep up the great work!

Pip Sheppard ~ WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Thank you !
posted by Sheri (Butler) Grim
Hi Daniel!

Congratulations on making more than 1,000 contributions to WikiTree for the Month of May. We all appreciate your efforts to make our Shared Tree the best it can be. Keep up the great work and THANK YOU!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
wonderful wikitreer
Daniel Bly is a Wonderful WikiTreer.

Congratulations Daniel !

Daniel, If you will give me access to all of the Wakeman's you have listed, I will add everything listed in Wakeman Genealogy II. I am in the process of entering all Wakeman's listed in the 3 volumes of Wakeman Genealogy. Dave Wakeman
posted by David Wakeman Jr.

Brumbach-5 and Brumbach-71 may be the same person or someone maybe making an assumption. I have not found a source for the connection as of yet but thank you for bringing it to my attention.

posted by Roger Jacobs
Hi there,

Just a friendly reminder that voting for the WikiTreer Awards 2018 is open. If you haven’t already voted, click here to vote now. Voting closes at 11:59PM GMT on Sunday, 28th January. The exciting awards show will be live cast on Saturday, February 10th, 8PM GMT. Hope you can join us as we celebrate all the incredible contributions made this year.

Susie :-)

Thanks for the info Daniel. Sorry to have garbled the Snapps. Will correct and drop back and punt to get it all straight. Appreciate so much your comments.

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