Daniel W. Bly

Daniel Bly

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Daniel W. Bly
Born 1940s.
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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. Experienced rural living and farm life as it once was.


  • Graduate, Strasburg High School, class of 1960.
  • Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, VA, Class of 1964.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • 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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Bley from Luxembourg, Germany, France
Descendants of Philip Bly (d. 1786) Shenandoah County, VA
interested in Y-DNA from Bley, Bly, Blye
I have many German roots
I would like to join this project
Many of my German ancestors came from the Rhineland

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  • Daniel Bly: Y-Chromosome Test 37 markers, haplogroup R-M269, Ysearch 6CTUC

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On 7 Mar 2018 at 14:12 GMT Roger Jacobs wrote:


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.

On 23 Jan 2018 at 22:48 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:

Hi there,

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On 16 Sep 2017 at 13:22 GMT Connie (Daniels) Graves wrote:

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.

On 24 Jun 2017 at 13:10 GMT Keith Hathaway wrote:

Hello Daniel,

I'd like to invite you to join in the "Weekend Chat" on G2G Today!

Share personal successes, stories about ancestors, tips, projects you are working on, or anything else you wish.

New members stop in and say Hello, introduce yourself, share your story, or ask for help.

Pilots, Mentors, and Leaders of all kinds please add something... your advice is always greatly appreciated.

Hope to see you there!


On 12 Apr 2017 at 19:17 GMT US Presidents Project WikiTree wrote:

Hi Daniel,

Please make sure you add the necessary sources and follow the guidelines when marking data as "certain" https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Uncertain

On 21 Mar 2017 at 02:51 GMT Charlotte Shockey wrote:

Welcome! We are glad you are here!  Please let Kitty Smith know if you are interested in joining our DNA Project or our FTDNA Project.

If you have not done so, set your Followed preferences to include DNA.

It's not hard to add DNA test information to profiles on WikiTree, just make sure you add the tests to the actual test participant's profile & set the Privacy to ‘private w/ public biography & family tree’ to show the tester's part of our tree. For help see  How to DNA on WikiTree

We also encourage you to join our Google+ Community for DNA discussions, questions & new information. 


On 12 Feb 2017 at 17:12 GMT Carrie Quackenbush wrote:

Welcome Daniel,

You are now a confirmed member of WikiTree! Thank you for volunteering. Have fun and ask for help if you need it! WikiTree members are always eager to offer guidance to a fellow genealogist.

You may be interested in our German Roots project.

If you need additional help, our Mentors Project is a friendly bunch of volunteers who will be glad to assist you with WikiTree-specific problems.

Cheers, Carrie

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