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, 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).
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Daniel or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
Y-Chromosome Test 37 markers, haplogroup R-M269
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Daniel:
AncestryDNA, Ancestry member dwbly12